Formula 1 CEO says Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ is too dramatic


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Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has said his team will contact Netflix to discuss the final season of ‘Drive to Survive’, which many in the sport and its fans have criticized for over-dramatizing the story told in the documentary series.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and Stefano Domenicali met at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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“There is no doubt that the Netflix project has had a very successful inclusive effect. To engage new audiences, language was used which in some situations focused on dramatizing the history,” Domenicali told a press conference. conference in Italy reported by Motorsport.com.

‘Drive to Survive’ was a huge hit for Netflix over four seasons and was widely credited with growing interest in Formula 1 to record levels, including in the United States, which has traditionally been one of its weaker markets.

AlphaTauri pilot Pierre Gasly is featured in "Drive to survive".

AlphaTauri pilot Pierre Gasly is featured in “Drive to Survive”.
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Last year’s race weekend in Texas drew more than 400,000 fans, which is an all-time Formula 1 record and up from around 250,000 in 2017.

Several F1 drivers, including reigning champion Max Verstappen, have expressed concern over their participation in future seasons.

"Drive to survive" is produced by James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin.

“Drive to Survive” is produced by James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin.
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“I’m a pretty down to earth guy. I just want it to be facts and don’t hype it up,” Verstappen told The Associated Press. “It’s just not my thing.”

“We will also speak with Netflix, because the story must not deviate from reality, otherwise it no longer suits us, it is a theme that we will tackle together, also involving the [drivers],) said Domenicali.

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“We must ensure that a project that has confirmed that it must be exceptional has a captivating language without distorting the image and the meaning of the sport that we experience on a daily basis.”

Netflix has yet to respond to a request for comment from Fox News Autos.


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