Max Verstappen believes that the scriptural liberties taken by the creators of the Formula 1 Netflix series, Drive to Survive, make Lando Norris look like “an asshole”.
Max Verstappen doesn’t mince words about Netflix and Drive To Survive. The series that shows the behind-the-scenes of Formula 1 since 2019 has polarised critics, both positive and negative. For the Dutchman, it’s more about the negative.
Recently questioned on the subject, he gave his feelings on this series, which he is decidedly not fond of the liberties taken with reality. In a press conference, he came back on the way his friend Lando Norris is represented.
“What I didn’t like doesn’t concern me directly,” he said.,
“It’s more about an episode about Lando (Norris) and Daniel (Ricciardo), who are two great guys. [That episode] gave the impression that Lando was a bit of an asshole, which he is not.
“I know Lando and I think a lot of people who know him see him as a great, funny person,” he continued,
“Except when you watch this episode, you’re like, ‘Who is this guy, what’s going on?”
“When you’re new to the sport, you’ve never seen a race, you can’t like him. But why? (Lando) is a great guy but the viewers will inevitably have a bad image of him. It’s similar to what happened to me at the beginning.”
Verstappen avoids Netflix in 2021
These are some of the reasons why Max Verstappen has decided not to appear in front of the Netflix cameras in 2021. This, however, did not hinder the creators of the series from putting him on the show. Surprised by this, he feels it is “not right”.
“It’s probably stuff from 2018 or reused, about fighting on the track, about what I like to do (…) I could hear that my voice was a bit different. I’ve noticed that [Netflix crews] often leave [their microphones] lying around to pick up statements. I’m going to have to watch that too.”
Other drivers are joining Max Verstappen in his opinion. Mick Schumacher, who attended the same press conference as the Dutchman, said that “the first few seasons of Drive To Survive were quite interesting. It attracted a lot of people.”
However, he thinks “as the series progresses, it’s important to be precise with certain things. Maybe we shouldn’t mix in comments or radio messages, to stay true to what happened on the track. I think that would make more sense.”
Carlos Sainz, also a critic of the series, nevertheless believes it is important for F1. I think [the rivalry between] Lando and I has been taken too far,” he said in March. However, I believe that the Netflix teams are aware of this and that they are capable of correcting their errors of judgement. They will adapt and perhaps make it a little more realistic.”
“Even with these mistakes, I still believe Netflix is good for the sport. I still believe Netflix is good for me and for the Formula One brand. I will continue to appear on it, if they want me to.”
In the meantime, Formula 1 officials are taking the remarks seriously. In a statement reported by Motorsport.com, Stefano Domenicali (F1 CEO) said he would “discuss with Netflix”. The aim of this discussion would be to ensure “that the story does not stray from reality”.