Back when Formula One: Drive to Survive first launched on Netflix, many F1 fans were excited. However, two of F1’s biggest names, Ferrari and Mercedes were missing from the fray. But now, the two look likely to feature in the second season of the series, according to commercial director Sean Bratches.
Bratches revealed in Miami that he expects a second season of Drive to Survive to get the green light. Also it will be graced by the presence of the two championship-leading teams. Initially, Mercedes refused to be a part of F1’s Netflix debut last year.
Bratches explained further that the aim was to increase fan engagement. According to his studies, half of the new audience are under the age of 35.
Earlier, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff cited it as a potential distraction from their championship campaign. Earlier this year, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was asked about the series and he said that he had not watched the series. However, he did mention that he heard “mixed reviews” of the series.
Needless to say, McLaren’s Lando Norris is a fan and hope for a second two very soon. Speaking to RaceFans, he said, “I think it would be cool if they did do another. Whether I’m in it or not, whatever, I’m not too fussed.”
“I enjoyed watching it and therefore I think it would be cool if they did it again. Especially because it’s good for the people who want to see more behind-the-scenes stuff: what a driver goes through or what he does in his life at home or anything like that. Instead of just seeing them driving the car and getting out, disappearing for a bit – driving the car and that’s about it. It’s good to see more of what goes on.”
Hopefully, the series does return as it offers an up close and personal view of the sport. Such a move also helps fans understand it better and even attracts casual Formula One viewers.