'Formula 1: Drive to Survive' Season 4: 5 things about Netflix's fly on the wall F1 docuseries
The much-awaited fourth season of Netflix's fly on the wall F1 documentary, 'Formula One: Drive to Survive' is all set to premiere this month. The strapping docuseries will be released eight days before the 2022 season goes lights out at the Gulf Air Bahrain GP, Bahrain International Circuit. Defending champion Max Verstappen is all set to face stiff competition from Mercedes mainstay Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari will hope that Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz will give them the results they need.
The F1 2021 season was an absolute humdinger with teams and drivers firing on all cylinders. The likes of Esteban Ocon winning in Hungary, Red Bull's Sergio Perez putting up a masterclass of a drive in a thrilling Azerbaijan GP, and Hamilton storming through in the Sao Paulo Sprint and Grand Prix, there's been quite the drama on and off the track — something that fans will hope is covered by Netflix. Ahead of the docuseries release, here's everything we know so far.
When will 'Formula One: Drive to Survive' Season 4 release?
'Drive to Survive' releases March 11, 2022, and the series will comprise of ten episodes this time as well.
What is the F1 series about?
Per Netflix, the official synopsis reads, "Formula 1: Drive to Survive will launch with another ten episodes on March 11, a week before the 2022 season gets underway in Bahrain. Offering unprecedented access, Season 4 will once again take fans behind the scenes, to witness first-hand how the drivers and teams prepare to battle it out for victory in one of the sport’s most dramatic seasons to date."
"Twenty drivers - some veterans, some rookies, this series offers never before seen footage and interviews from the sport’s biggest names. Get ready to delve into fierce team rivalries, unexpected podiums, and the intense title battle between Mercedes and Red Bull as the pressure reaches an all-time high both on and off the grid. Formula 1: Drive to Survive is executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna) and Paul Martin (Diego Maradona) for Box to Box Films."
The list of episodes, or at least eight of them has been announced as well. According to Motorsport, the first episode is titled 'Clash of the Titans' and will see the drivers assembling in Bahrain for a drama-filled race season. The second episode 'Ace in the Hole' centers around McLaren racers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Episodes 3 and 4, 'Tipping Point' and 'A Mountain to Climb' will put the spotlight on Red Bull Racing and Haas.
Episode 5 'Staying Alive' will again put McLaren in focus while the next episode 'A Point to Prove' is all about a new-look Williams Racing. Episode 7 'Growing Pains' focuses on young guns Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon, while the eighth chapter will all be about Mercedes.
News: Why is Max Verstappen not part of 'Formula One: Drive to Survive'?
One of the major updates when Netflix announced a fourth season was the absence of Red Bull Racing superstar Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is sitting out of this one and has only a minimal part to play. The driver was reportedly unhappy with the "faked rivalries". In an interview with AP last year, he said, "I understand that it needs to be done to boost the popularity in America. But from my side as a driver, I don’t like being part of it."
"They faked a few rivalries which they don’t really exist. So I decided to not be a part of it and did not give any more interviews after that because then there is nothing you can show. I am not really a dramatic show kind of person, I just want facts and real things to happen."
'Formula 1: Drive to Survive' is executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin.