F1 Drive to Survive: Haas & Ferrari Team Bosses Defend the Use of Expletives in the Series

Published 04/25/2021, 7:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


F1: Drive to Survive has become an integral part of the life of every Formula 1 fan. However, the last season or so has made people more and more skeptical about the docuseries. Some major storylines have been left out, drama has been cinematically created where there is none in reality, dialogues sometimes feel scripted, and there are a lot of cuss words.

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Is it really a good series then? Well, there are a good number of members in the paddock who certainly back the series big time. Not least among them being Haas boss Guenther Steiner and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.

Steiner has become a cult figure in F1, and he owes a large part of that to the portrayal of his personality in the show. However, he claims that none of what he says is scripted, it’s just him being in the moment.

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Formula One F1. Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The German said, “I don’t know how much I’m going to swear this year. I cannot look forward. I don’t plan it normally. As I’ve always said, I’m not an actor so I don’t get a script.”

Another person who defended the series was the Ferrari team boss. Binotto instead praised the series for making people more interested in F1.

Ferrari boss showers high praise on F1: Drive to Survive

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The Italian said, “Apart from swearing or not, I think Netflix is a very positive activity. I think it brought a lot of fans and a lot of interest to F1. I think thanks to Netflix we raised somehow the number of people now being interested in F1.

Formula One F1. Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy. Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Every show has its fans and critics, and this series is no different. At the end of the day, the show is all about entertaining the audience. Even though some events may be dramatized or over-exaggerated, one can’t deny that it has helped F1 reach a larger audience. However, a word of advice, don’t take everything shown as reality.

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Nevertheless, the show will be around for at least another couple of years. Netflix has confirmed they are working on Season 4 and Season 5. So, rest assured, it will still serve as a hype builder for fans before the commencement of yet another season of F1 racing.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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