Top Formula 1 drivers defend the popular Netflix series “Formula 1: Drive for a Living”. The performances came on Thursday (21) after the championship leader, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, showed contempt for the production by saying that he felt that some of the conflicts depicted in the series were “false”.
The documentary series, which is in the process of filming its fourth season, was considered a major driver of the sport’s popularization in the United States.
Dutchman Verstappen, 24, told the Associated Press that he recognized the importance of the series, but did not like to be a part of it, and would not do any interviews.
Verstappen’s rival in this year’s title shot, Lewis Hamilton, told reporters at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, that he saw an increase in the sport’s interest in the country.
“It’s been the hardest climb in the last few years and more and more people are talking about it, more and more people are getting engaged,” said the seven-time Mercedes world champion.
“The number of emails and messages I get from people in America who never knew what I was doing are now hooked and can’t wait to come (see). I think this week’s Eventually many of them will come.”
Verstappen’s teammate, Mexican Sergio Pérez, winner of two grand prizes and one of last season’s standouts, said he respects what the documentary is doing.
“What they did for Formula 1 is huge. It’s really something I appreciate,” Perez said. “The way they sell the sport is a little dramatic. It’s a show, but ultimately it’s good for the sport and the fans, so I’m happy with it.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris, voted the second most popular driver after Verstappen in a poll of fans published on Thursday, also enjoyed the show but could not speak for his colleague.
“I’m fine with that,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing. Coming to America, there are a lot of people who are now watching Formula 1 just because they saw ‘Drive to Survive’. I think I got it well.” .
His teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, said that the pilots benefit from this adhesion to the sport because of the series, especially in the United States.
“There are times when you want some space or privacy, but I think if you allow them, they do it in a way that you don’t know if there are cameras in the room. They’re very good at it.” “
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