Oh yes, the second coming! Popular F1 racing series returns to Netflix this February

Image: AFP
Image: AFP

Calling all Formula 1 fans! Tune in to what is, perhaps, the greatest insight to the sport we hold so dear!

Formula 1: Drive to Survive, a series on Netflix that focuses on the behind-the-scenes drama of F1, will be returning for a second season on 28 February 2020.

In 2018, the series had unprecedented access to F1 and brought fourth one of the greatest insights to the sport. The first season dropped in early 2019 and, over the next ten episodes, quickly established itself as one of the most popular shows on the streaming service.

Drive to Survive’s first season focused on most of the teams participating in F1. Teams like Haas, Force India (now Racing Point), Renault, and Red Bull Racing formed part of the series. Ferrari and Mercedes, however, opted to not get involved.

At the time, a Mercedes spokesman said: "Competing for the world championship is an all-consuming business that demands every ounce of focus from the entire team. We are driven first and foremost by performance in every decision we make.”

Have you seen Drive to Survive's first season? Email us your thoughts on the series.

Mercedes and Ferrari are in!

For the second season, both Mercedes-AMG and Ferrari came on-board for one race, each. For Mercedes, they signed on for their home race, the German GP. Ferrari also agreed to have the team filmed at their home race, the Italian GP.

Ironically for Merc, the German GP turned out to be a total nightmare and the team returned their worst result of the 2019 season. Lewis Hamilton, eventual 2019 champion, fell ill during this specific weekend and even tried to get Netflix not to feature him. Unfortunately for Hamilton, both he and Mercedes signed contracts.

In contrast, the Italian GP was a roaring success for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc gave the team their first home victory in almost a decade. And every racy moment was captured by Netflix.

Hold on to your seats, everyone! We’re in for another cracker of a season!

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