Netflix and F1 extend Drive to Survive deal

The highly popular series will continue to be shown on Netflix as F1 continues its plans to expand they reach across the world

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Drive to Survive will return after Netflix and Formula 1 announced the docuseries has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.

Since launching in 2019, Drive to Survive has become one of Netflix’s biggest hits. Season four, which dropped back in March, has attracted the biggest audience yet, reaching number one in the world in 33 countries this year.

It’s no surprise that Netflix and F1 confirmed the series will continue at least into 2024, with filming for Season 5 already underway.

Netflix and Formula 1 can today confirm that the highly popular series Formula 1: Drive to Survive has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season on Netflix,” read a statement on Formula1.com.

“The series has grown in popularity over time, with Season 4 attracting the biggest audience to date and breaking into the weekly Top 10 in 56 countries.

“Offering unprecedented access, the new season will once again take fans behind the scenes to witness first-hand how the drivers and teams prepare to battle it out for the 2022 and 2023 championships.

“The series will offer never-before-seen footage and interviews from the sport’s biggest names.”

Verstappen not a fan

Season 4 documented 2021’s heated rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, however there was a significant absence.

The Dutchman refused to be interviewed for the series, stating he thought it created fake rivalries while exaggerating incidents.

“I’m quite a down-to-earth guy, and I just want it to be facts, don’t hype it up,” said Verstappen.

“I understand of course it needs to be like that for Netflix. It’s just not my thing.”

As mentioned, filming for Season 5 is already underway, with all drivers participating, with the exception of Verstappen.

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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