Amazon greenlights McLaren racing docuseries
VOD News | On 30, Mar 2017
Right on the tail of its documentary series about Le Mans, Amazon is getting back on the racing circuit for a new original series about F1 team McClaren.
The untitled docuseries will give viewers “unprecedented access” to the McLaren racing team. It follows the team, founded in 1963, as they prepare to challenge for the 201 Formula 1 World Championship, with new Executive Director and former racer Zak Brown leading the famed racing organisation. Featuring exclusive access from McLaren to the technically competitive and secretive world of racing, the series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the physical and mental preparation of a Formula 1 crew, including exclusive footage of how McLaren builds and tests a Formula 1 car, never-before-seen coverage of the sponsor and partnership deals that finance the team – and, of course, time with the team’s drivers: rookie Stoffel Vandoorne and former double world champion Fernando Alonso.
“The series will take Amazon Prime members inside what it takes to compete at the highest level of Formula 1 racing,” says Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “It will combine unparalleled access with exciting and dramatic storytelling that will appeal to racing fans and non-racing fans alike.”
“McLaren dominated F1 in the modern era, creating champions like Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. But they are also a family who have recently gone through difficult times, both on track and off,” adds Executive Producer Manish Pandey. “And like all families, we will watch them pull together to regain their rightful place at the head of F1.”
“At McLaren, we want to showcase and celebrate every element of Formula 1. We understand and appreciate that Formula 1 fans are always keen for greater levels of access, insight and information, and the series will give them the most intimate and honest access to a modern Formula 1 team that’s ever been seen,” comment Brown.
The series is executive produced by BAFTA winner Manish Pandey (Senna, Ferrari, The Bentley Boys), Chris Connell and Anwar Nuseibeh.