• Max Verstappen confirmed that he would not feature in the next season of Netflix's 'Drive to Survive'.
• The Red Bull driver slammed the series for chasing sensationalism.
• Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez agreed to be filmed.
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Max Verstappen, who fans in an official survey has voted as the most popular driver in Formula 1, has ruled himself out of the next edition of 'Drive to Survive'.
The Dutchman said in Austin that he didn't want to be part of the Netflix series because scenes and narratives are "faked".
The Red Bull driver laughed: "I accidentally bumped into Lewis in Imola as we passed each other, so that's probably in it. They (Netflix) faked a few rivalries which don't really exist, so I decided not to be a part of it and did not give any more interviews after that because then there is nothing you can show.
"I am not really a dramatic show kind of person. I just want facts and real things to happen. The problem is they will always position you in a way they want, so whatever you say, they will try to make you look reckless or whatever fits the story of the series."
Perez is go
Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez, however, did permit to be featured in the 2021 edition.
When asked about Netflix, the Mexican said: "It's true that they probably create sensationalism. It's a show, but at the end of the day, it's good for the sport, and it's good for the fans, so I'm happy with that."
Meanwhile, like Verstappen, Lando Norris also ranked higher in popularity in the new F1 fan survey than seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
"My life is complete now," Verstappen joked on ahead of the US Grand Prix. "Finally, I can retire! Of course, it's always nice that some people like me, but I don't race to be liked. I'm here to do my best and to win."
Mercedes' Hamilton, though, is tipped to win in Austin this weekend, with Dr Helmut Marko claiming Red Bull's straightline speed deficit is as much as 15km/h.
Verstappen insisted: "That doesn't worry me because there is nothing we can do about it. We can only focus on ourselves."