Netflix's F1 Documentary Will Drop Just In Time To Get You Hyped For The 2019 Season

By Brad Nash
23 February 2019
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From the same people that brought you 'Senna' and 'Amy'

If there's one thing we've learned from shows like Sunderland 'Til I Die and Last Chance U, it's that Netflix know how to nail a unique sports doco like no other, especially when said documentary deals with ego-heavy athletes.

We were very excited to find out last year then, that the streaming giant was putting their documentarian eye to the uber-glamorous world of Formula 1, and as the sport gears up for this year's season, they're offering fans a unique look into last year's tumultuous series of races.

The documentary's trailer admittedly makes the sport of F1 look way, way more dramatic and dangerous than it actually is these days, but considering the clashes between egos and teammates that soften arise out of the sport of F1, having an access all areas-style documentary providing a new look into the paddock should still make for pretty interesting viewing.


The rather cornily-titled Formula 1: Drive To Survive, which will run for 10 episodes spanning the 2018 season, was put together by the same people that produced award-winning documentaries Senna and Amy.

"The series," says Formula 1's organisers, "will reveal the true story of the sport - not only focusing on the fight to be World Champion, but gives fans a real insight into the personal lives of their heroes on and off the track."

"Not only does the series focus on all the latest action on the track, but also takes time away from the circuit to provide a unique insight to the teams and the people that make the championship what it is."

Whether or not the series will focus on certain drivers more than others remains to be seen, but it does seem from the trailer that Australia's own Daniel Ricciardo will feature heavily throughout, which makes sense given the chaotic 2018 he endured in his last season with Red Bull racing.

"Netflix was the perfect platform on which to tell the inside story of this incredible sport. F1 has long been a world of colourful characters and super-sized ego's, thrills and drama, victory and tragedy but until now that world has been largely hidden and secretive from fans. Formula 1: Drive to Survive takes the viewers right into the heart of this world and shows what it is like to live, work and race within the world’s fastest sport."

Formula 1: Drive To Survive will premiere on Netflix on March 8 2019, with the first race of the 2019 season, the Australian Grand Prix, set to take place just 10 days after.

Via GQ Australia