Max Verstappen’s criticism of Netflix’s Drive to Survive docuseries has continued, and he has reiterated his distaste for the inauthenticity of the show.
Verstappen refused to take part in any interviews for Netflix last year, suggesting that they “faked a few rivalries” to manufacture drama.
Indeed, they included a radio clip in season four of Lando Norris claiming that his McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had “pushed him off” at Turn One in Bahrain, but they lifted the audio from a completely different race.
They also accentuated the Briton’s comment that he did not feel “sympathy” for Ricciardo after his difficult start to his first season in papaya.
This is something the reigning world champion takes exception to.
“For me personally, what I didn’t like, and it isn’t even about me, it’s about Lando and Daniel, which I think are two great guys and are really nice, first of all, and it made it look like Lando was a bit of a d***, which he isn’t at all,” Verstappen said.
“You just immediately get a wrong picture of a good person, and that is exactly what I think happened to me in the beginning, and then I think I am someone that when you ruin it from the start, you don’t fix it. That’s it. You ruined it.”
The 24-year-old indicated that Netflix manipulating drivers’ voices is “not correct,” as the film makers continue to create drama in a bid to attract more fans.
“It’s probably stuff from 2018 or something they picked up and used again, [talking about] fighting and what I like to do, but that already, of course, is not correct. I could hear it in my voice. It was a bit different,” he added.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has recently reached out to the Red Bull driver, telling him that they can work cohesively to “find a way” to improve the series and include him in it.