Max Verstappen warns Netflix ahead of Drive to Survive new season

Max Verstappen did not take part in any interviews for ‘Drive to Survive’ season four.

The Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ has been a roaring success ever since the first season aired in 2019, resulting in a growing F1 audience all around the world.

Season four of the series followed the 2021 season, where the battle for the championship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went right down to the wire, with the Dutchman controversially coming out on top.

The 25-year-old did not appear in that particular season at all however, refusing to take part in interviews for Netflix after growing concerned about their editing style.

There have been multiple complaints from drivers about how Netflix misplace quotes and dramatize events, making the likes of Verstappen and Lando Norris look like villains.

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The fifth season of ‘Drive to Survive’ will cover the 2022 season and after long discussions with Netflix, Max Verstappen will return to our screens after taking part in their interviews. 

Speaking at the Red Bull season launch in New York, the Dutchman has explained that his wish is for Netflix to use his interviews well, rather than dramatizing them.

“I spoke with them before I gave an interview with them,” he said.

“I of course hope they understood my message and I also know that being a world champions, you have to be a part of something like that so I think I gave them 30 minutes or an hour of interview.

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“I hope they are going to use it well. 

“I don’t know when I am going to watch it, but I hope I will be happy after watching it. I know it is important to F1 for growing the sport in general.”

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Netflix have been credited with the growth of F1 in the USA, with the country which typically prefers NASCAR and IndyCar falling in love with F1 in recent year.

The 2023 calendar features races in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas, with millions of Americans clambering at the opportunity to see their favourite drivers from ‘Drive to Survive’ in the flesh.

Season five is set to be a lot less dramatic than last season, with Verstappen strolling to the title while the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari struggled under the new regulations.