Max Vertstappen: F1 drivers defend Netflix series after ‘false’ snub from Red Bull driver



The documentary series, which is currently filming its fourth season, has been seen as a major factor in the growth of the sport in the United States.

Verstappen, a 24-year-old Dutchman, told The Associated Press earlier that he recognizes the importance of the series but doesn’t like being a part of it and won’t give any interviews.

Seven-time Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton, title rival of Verstappen, told reporters at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, that he noticed renewed interest in the country.

“In recent years it’s been the biggest increase and more and more people are talking about it, more and more people are getting involved,” he said.

“The amount of emails and messages I get from people I have known for years in the US who never knew what I was doing and who are now addicted and can’t wait to come. that many of them are coming this weekend. “

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Verstappen’s Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, a two-time race winner that played an important role last season, has said he respects what the documentary is doing.

“What this has done for Formula 1 is great. It’s really something that I appreciate,” he said.

“The way they sell the sport is a bit dramatic. It’s a spectacle 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.”

"Formula 1: Drive to survive"  Season 4 is slated for release in 2022.

McLaren’s Lando Norris, voted second most popular driver after Verstappen in a fan poll released on Thursday, also enjoyed the show.

“I’m okay with that,” he said. “I think that’s a good thing. Coming to America there are so many people who are now in Formula 1 just because they watched ‘Drive to Survive’. I think I hit it off.

“I think they’re doing a good job. I can’t really speak for Max.”

His Aussie teammate Daniel Ricciardo agrees: “Most of us are feeling the effect this has had on the sport. There has certainly been a lot of growth and honestly I see it mostly in America.

“There are times when you want a little space or privacy, but I think if you let them know that there aren’t any cameras in that room, they’re pretty good at it.”


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