New regulations put in place by the FIA have seen races get all the more competitive this year and it has been refreshing to see the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari give Mercedes some early headaches.
However, the season for many F1 fans began before the first race in Bahrain.
The Netflix docuseries titled Drive to Survive has been credited for bringing a number of new fans to the sport and its fourth installment was released on the streaming platform prior to the season-opener.
For all the happiness it has brought Liberty Media in terms of attracting a wider audience to F1, the show has also prompted plenty of criticism.
Max Verstappen was so unhappy with how rivalries were depicted in the show that he even refused some interviews to the Netflix crew and instead chose to focus his attention on Canal+’s biopic on his achievements in the sport.
He isn’t the only one who has a problem with Drive to Survive though, as many drivers have bemoaned the unnecessary and ‘fake’ way that the show depicts relationships and almost creates rivalries when they don’t exist.
The fourth season focused a lot on one such rivalry, that of the McLaren pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
Ricciardo had replaced Carlos Sainz at the start of the 2021 season and given his affable nature, people expected the two to get along just fine.
However, this was far from the way that Drive to Survive depicted their relationship.
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Ricciardo spoke about this in an interview.
“I felt like a lot of people probably wanted us to be best friends from day one,” he said.
During the Monaco Grand Prix that year, Norris lapped a hapless Ricciardo to take a podium finish, while the Australian finished in 12th position.
Following the race, Norris said he had no sympathy for Ricciardo, which seemed to many like the start of some tense moments between the two.
Ricciardo, though, has cleared that up, saying that he is happy with having Norris by his side.
“But in saying that, there wasn’t tension or anything, it was just that we were trying to figure each other out. Currently where I sit today, I think we have a very good relationship.”
The fourth season didn’t receive the best of reviews with fans also seemingly put off by some of its narratives.
Did you enjoy the show or would you prefer for the crew to come together and tone it down a touch? Let us know in the comments.