Drive to Survive edit made Norris ‘look like a dick’

The world champion declined to take part in the show, which first aired in 2019, looking back on the previous year’s championship with a series of interviews with drivers and team staff, for his last seasons.

In the aftermath of the show’s fourth series airing ahead of the 2022 season opener in Bahrain, F1 drivers have been regularly asked for their thoughts on their portrayal on the show, with several expressing similar concerns to Verstappen, who said in 2021 that DTS “doing a few rivalries that don’t really exist”.

Among those who expressed concern were Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Norris, who are pictured in series four in scenes linked to McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who is completing his first season with the team. scrutiny.

Drivers’ frustrations led F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to say last weekend in Bahrain that he would “talk to Netflix” because “the story must not stray from reality, otherwise it doesn’t stick anymore”.

Speaking at the pre-FP1 press conference for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Verstappen said he was ‘always happy to talk’ and ‘not against’ discussing his views. on DTS with Domenicali, before describing his specific issues with a show he called “a bit more like ‘Keeping up with the Formula 1 World'” – a reference to the reality TV show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians”.

“I watched a few episodes of the last one and was surprised, I suddenly found myself talking in it,” Verstappen said.

“And it’s probably stuff from 2018 or something that they took and repurposed – about fighting and what I like to do.

“But that is already of course not correct. I could hear that my voice was a little different.

“And I also realized that a lot of times I was saying stuff and they were there with that beam [boom microphone in the paddock] and they pick up a lot of things.

“So, I’m going to have to be a little more careful with that too.

“It’s just not my thing. And then, of course, they tried to pick moments – throughout the season – and kind of fabricate them.

Verstappen added: “What I didn’t like, and it’s not even about me, was about Lando and Daniel, who I think are two great guys.

“They’re really nice, first of all. And that made Lando seem like a bit of a jerk, which he isn’t at all.

“And, again, I know Lando and I think a lot of people know Lando as a funny guy, a great guy – he has a great character.

“And actually, when you watch this episode, you really think like ‘who is this guy, what’s going on? “

“When you’re new to the sport and you’ve never seen a racing car or Formula 1 in general, they don’t like it. And why should that be so?

“Because he’s a great guy and you immediately get a bad image from a person. And that’s exactly what I think happened to me in the beginning.

“I am someone [that] when you ruin it from the start, you don’t fix it. That’s it, you ruined it. So that’s my position and that’s how I’m going to move forward.

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Other drivers speaking alongside Verstappen agreed with him that DTS provided “an initial edge to gain popularity” but need to be more specific in their portrayals of F1 personnel.

Haas driver Mick Schumacher said: “The first part of Drive to Survive – let’s say like the first few seasons – is quite interesting and I think quite dramatic.

“And that brings a lot of people to the sport. But I guess as the show progresses, I think it’s important to get more specific with certain things.

“Maybe don’t mix up some of the comments or don’t like the radio messages [as happened with a Norris radio message in season four that implied Ricciardo had pushed him off track in Bahrain when he had not] and staying true to how he was actually on track.”

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