Formula 1: Drive to Survive

  • 27 Mar - 02 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a collaboration between Netflix and the Formula One Group, giving viewers a backstage pass for the 2018 race season. The 10-episode series finds drama in racetrack rivalries, the pressure participants face behind the wheel as well as trackside, and, of course, the sport’s inherent high-speed danger. The pilot episode efficiently explains the nuts and bolts of F1 racing: each season consists of 21 races scattered across five continents, with 20 drivers representing 10 teams. Journalists and other talking heads provide snatches of history and context for newbies. Ricciardo, who drives for the Red Bull team, is one of the episode’s core characters. It’s potentially a make-or-break season for him – his career is on the upswing, and he’s edging closer to the top tier of drivers. Another key figure is Guenther Steiner, team principal – akin to the head coach of an American football team. For the ones who are sports fans, it is hard not to get goose bumps when the audio drops. The pilot is dynamically edited, deftly switching perspectives from cockpit cams to trackside views and wider, third-person angles. And you’ve got to love the close-up shots of tires literally smoking as cars pull over for pit stops.