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Formula 1: Drive to Survive is Now Streaming on Netflix


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Formula 1: Drive to Survive, a documentary series covering the 2018 Formula 1 season is now available to stream on Netflix.

The ten-part series, produced by James Gay Rees who’s previous works include the critically acclaimed Senna and Oscar winning Amy, has a total runtime of just under 6 hours with each episode varying between 27-40 minutes in length.

To create the series, production company Box-to-Box films was granted unfettered access to the F1 paddock, teams and drivers over the course of 2018. Chronicling events from season opener in Melbourne to the finale in Abu Dhabi from the perspective of those participating.

F1 has claimed the series will “reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business.” This comes just after Amazon’s own documentary Grand Prix Driver following the Mclaren F1 team began streaming for Prime subscribers last February.

Mclaren executive director Zak Brown, who authorised the previous Amazon series welcomed the new venture describing it as “really good news” adding that he hoped it would “lead to more viewers”.

Indeed, the arrival of such a project will be seen by many as an extension of F1’s continual efforts to rebrand itself following the organisation’s acquisition by American company Liberty Media in January 2017.

To that end Sean Bratches F1 commercial chief stated"F1 is a global sport that we are actively repositioning from a motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand,"

"The agreement with Netflix serves to chronicle the fascinating story of what transpires behind the scenes during a grand prix season.” he continued.

In a disappointment to many however, the two title protagonists Ferrari and Mercedes declined to participate in the filming of the series, with both teams featuring only on the peripheries. Nonetheless, the release makes it out just in time for the start of the 2019 F1 season, with the season opener this weekend in Melbourne. 

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