Verstappen has had a brilliant 2021 season but despite that, Verstappen worries about how it will be presented on Netflix’s Drive to Survive given their flair for manufacturing drama. Not that they’d need to this year.
Verstappen has denounced Drive to Survive which he branded as openly “fake.” He’s not completely wrong and he is still being pragmatic about Netflix’s involvement in F1. He just doesn’t want to be a part of it.
Verstappen told the Associated Press,
This year he is quite worried about how his relationship with Lewis Hamilton will be portrayed given how dramatic their season has been this year.
“Probably in the Netflix show we will be [rivals],” said Verstappen. “We one time bumped into each other walking, so probably that will be in there… The problem is they will always position you in a way they want, so whatever you say, they will try to make you look reckless – whatever fits the story of the series. I’m just a normal guy and I grew up in a small town. All these things, the drama, it’s just not for me. It’s not my world.”
The rivalry that Verstappen is accusing Netflix of fabricating is between Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. The two are known to be good friends and when it was announced that Sainz was leaving McLaren for Ferrari, Netflix took it upon themselves to portray their relationship as if Norris was a lover spurned. F1 fans were not pleased.
Many in F1 have supported Drive to Survive, including Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Zak Brown, Daniel Ricciardo, and even Lando Norris.
They all cite the benefit that the series has allowed F1 to reach more people than it ever has before, and you can already see that it is working. As soon as COVID restrictions were eased across the globe, the races have been packed! And not just on race day, FP1 has sometimes looked like race day, which is insane!
Haas team principal, Gunther Steiner, has expressed support for Verstappen’s decision.
“If Max doesn’t want to be there, it’s his decision,” said Steiner. “I wouldn’t criticise that. It is free to participate or not and he has chosen not to. So we shouldn’t get bossy.
“If he feels that he is not being represented correctly, it is his every right not to participate. Obviously the fans are missing to see Max Verstappen. I think he’s a good driver first and foremost and he’s a character, he’s a personality. But if he doesn’t want to take part, that’s part of his life”
Whether or not drama needs to fabricated at all this season remains to be seen, but we will see when next year’s Drive to Survive hits Netflix.
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