Sainz Joins Verstappen in His Criticism of Netflix’s Drive to Survive

Published 10/29/2021, 9:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Netflix’s Drive To Survive gives the viewers inside access to what goes on inside a Formula 1 team. On paper, the idea sounds wonderful, but in reality, it has drawn some criticism from all levels of the paddock.

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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz recently expressed his ‘disappointment’ on Ferrari’s portrayal in one of its episodes.

“The season three episode about Ferrari is not so great, I was relatively disappointed when I watched it because Ferrari is a lot cooler, a lot bigger, a lot better than how it appears,” the Spaniard said in an interview with GQ.

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Ferrari will Survive

To add some context, the episode Sainz is referring to is titled “We need to talk about Ferrari”, in which their poor 2020 season is portrayed.

Sainz said, “We were just going through a rough patch, and I think all great teams in every single sport go through difficult years. And now we are on our way back up.”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But it’s not only Carlos Sainz who has criticized the Netflix show.

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Mad Max

Talking to Associated Press, Max Verstappen recently denounced the show as well. The Dutchman believes the show deliberately dramatizes otherwise mundane situations for screen-worthy ‘fake’ emotions and situations, creating rivalries that don’t exist.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is seen on the grid before the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Darron Cummings

Clearly, the Red Bull driver doesn’t have any sympathy for the show or its intentions. But its effect, which has elevated Formula 1 to new heights, can’t be ignored. The massive turnout of fans in Austin only goes to prove that the show has indeed tapped into a bigger audience.

Drive To Survive leads to a bigger track

Formula 1 is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining sports in the world. But it’s also important to point out that entertainment is a subjective experience.

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It’s true that the show pushes and redefines the meaning of the word ‘entertaining’. But it can’t also be denied that the show has resulted in an influx of a newer generation of fans.

Will the show add more reality to its realism? Or will the ones who criticise it look forward to the greater good?

We’ll find out as we go along.

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