Max Verstappen engaging with Drive to Survive under ‘certain conditions’

Max Verstappen has previously spoken out against some features of the Drive to Survive series.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Red Bull are under Netflix’s spotlight this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Verstappen boycotted his participation in the series last year due to its tendency to ‘fake’ rivalries off the circuit, and he wanted no part of it.

Formula 1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, indicated at the start of the year that he wanted the world champion to be a part of the series, which has proven hugely marketable for the sport.

The 24-year-old has since had conversations with the show’s makers, and he has agreed to participate this season under certain conditions.

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The camera crews will be following him and Perez around at Marina Bay this weekend as Verstappen aims to add a second world title to his collection.

“Red Bull is followed in Singapore by the Netflix crew, so also Max Verstappen, who, as previously reported, is again collaborating on Drive To Survive under certain conditions,” said Dutch journalist Erik van Haren, who is close to the Verstappen family.

Were Verstappen to wrap up the championship this weekend, he would need Charles Leclerc to finish eighth or lower – ninth if the Dutchman does not also take the fastest lap.

He would also need Perez to finish off the podium, so while it is mathematically possible for the championship to be settled this weekend, it is unlikely.

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If it does not happen this weekend, it is almost certain that the Japanese Grand Prix will be the scene of title celebrations next weekend for Verstappen.

The 24-year-old has taken his total of race wins up to 31 in his career this season, with 11 victories falling the way of the Red Bull man in 2022.

He has won all of the last five grand prix, so he is on course to break the record for the most wins in a single season, as well as the record for the most consecutive wins by a single driver.