Formula 1 is undergoing a major change since its takeover in January 2017 by Liberty Media. All eyes are on the sport as it steers a reinvention to build the sports’ sustainability and put passion at its heart. From the makers of Senna and Amy, Netflix’s 10-part documentary series has access to the top drivers, principals and owners, giving a deeper insight into the personal lives, the sacrifices and challenges of those who have dedicated everything to their love of the world’s fastest sport. Beginning in Melbourne, the series moves with the teams from Bahrain to Canada, Austria, Singapore, Austin and Brazil, before culminating in the final fight of the season in Abu Dhabi.
This series is executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd is the showrunner.
Martin says: “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.”
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Netflix and Formula 1 team up for new docuseries
24th March 2018
This weekend marks the start of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and Netflix has already raced ahead of the pack by announcing a new F1 documentary series.
The untitled show will follow the fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business, not to mention the battle to take home the F1 title. It promises exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team, providing a behind-the-scenes window into the workings of the sport.
The series follows Netflix’s order for its first original motoring series, Fastest Car, as the streaming giant steers into the fast line to woo petrol heads to its subscriber base. It marks something of a coup for Netflix, as it puts the streaming service just ahead of its rival, Amazon Prime Video, which has already lined up its own motoring documentary series, including GRAND PRIX Driver, an all-access, candid portrait of McLaren’s 2017 F1 series, and Le Mans: Racing Is Everything.
Indeed, the battle between Netflix and Amazon to be the number one provider of sports documentaries is only becoming more fierce, as factual content allows them to win over fans for a particular sport without entering the expensive arena of bidding for live broadcast rights. In the last year, both have announced plan for footballing docuseries (Amazon has the rights for Man City, Netflix Juventus) and the pair have already released their own NFL and college football series (Amazon’s All or Nothing versus Netflix’s Last Chance U).
Netflix’s F1 series will span 10 episodes and shoot throughout the 2018 season. It will be executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films, with Sophie Todd on board as showrunner.
The news was announced by Netflix just ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday 25th March. For our guide on how to watch the 2018 F1 season online in the UK, click here.
Sean Bratches, F1 Managing Director of Commercial Operations, said in a statement: “Formula 1 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. This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world. This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans.”
Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix, added: “This partnership with Formula 1 furthers our mission of working with world-class brands and production partners to produce best-in-class unscripted series. We can’t wait for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix and to embark on an incredible season across the world.”
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