World champion Max Verstappen called out Netflix’s F1 documentary Drive to Survive, saying they made up devices for the narrative.
DTS debuted three years ago to critical acclaim, shedding light on drivers, their racing, and their personal lives. However, the Netflix show has been criticised by some for exaggerating certain aspects of some episodes, especially driver rivalries. They accuse them of showing it as incredibly heated, when in reality, it is far from it.
The Dutchman revealed in 2021 that he did not appreciate the show and announced that he would not be taking part in it. This came as a major blow to fans of the show and to Netflix themselves given how he ended up becoming the world champion.
Verstappen called out Drive to Survive, and chided those behind it for prioritising drama over any actual facts.
Speaking to Associated Press as quoted by FormulaNerds, the Red Bull driver said that the show was probably essential because “it needs to be done to boost the popularity in America”.
“But from my side as a driver, I don’t like being part of it.”
Playing fast and loose
Verstappen continued his criticism of the show, saying, “They faked a few rivalries (that) don’t really exist.
“I am not really a dramatic show kind of person, I just want facts and real things to happen.”
He concluded his statement by having a little jibe at the producers, saying his 2021 rivalry with Lewis Hamilton would be milked by DTS to the best of their abilities. He joked that the two “bumped into each other walking, so probably that will be in there”.
Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone supported Verstappen’s decision to not take part, saying there won’t be much of actual realism.
“It’s not going to be very real,” he said.
“When you see things that you know are completely wrong, (you would be a bit like Max and) get a bit upset.”