Sebastian Vettel Reveals Why He ‘Does Not Feel the Urge’ to Watch Drive to Survive

Published 04/25/2021, 3:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Drive to Survive might be considered one of the best things to have happened to Formula One in recent years. The Netflix special has brought a whole new audience to the sport. However, Formula One drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, haven’t seen the show and has stated that some of it seems far-fetched.


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The third season of DTS features Vettel’s last year at Ferrari and the horrible season he had. It also featured the German’s move to Aston Martin for the 2021 season.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

With the fourth season already underway, we will see the four-time world champion in green overalls and hope to see him bounce back in performances.


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Sebastian Vettel doesn’t know if the show portrayed him as arrogant or not

Speaking to Radio Times, Vettel said, “I’ll watch it when I’m not driving anymore. I mean, I’ve seen bits of the first series and it was a bit far-fetched.

“One thing that is great, it obviously addresses a whole new audience. But obviously it’s also made to tell certain stories. I don’t know which story is told about me  whether it’s a good one or not, I don’t know.”

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I don’t care so much. It’s fine, it can be out there, but I don’t feel the urge to see it, if you see what I mean”, the German concluded.

Red Bull’s team principal constantly winced while watching the show

Christian Horner, once Vettel’s team boss at Red Bull, feels his portrayal in the show was different, and he can understand why that is. He also acknowledges that the series has been able to cater to a whole new audience.


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Horner said, “I was recently asked if I winced whenever I watched it back. The honest answer is yes, constantly! It is a TV show but it is also showing a side of the sport that is not normally conveyed during a conventional weekend broadcast.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

“It shows some of the characteristics and some of the personalities, which is presented in a certain way to engage the audience. But overall it is very positive for F1 and the popularity seems enormous.


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“My 14-year-old daughter and her friends didn’t have much interest in F1 before the Netflix series, and now they know who all the drivers are!”

Season four of the popular series will capture the moments that will happen in the 2021 season and is rumored to be released next year.


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What are your favorite moments from DTS? Let us know in the comments below.


Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.