Max Verstappen has warned F1 fans his “opinion is not going to change” over featuring in Netflix’s popular Drive to Survive TV series. Verstappen said “quite a lot of things are wrong” with the show such as the portrayal of drivers on the grid.
He warned “people get the wrong idea” about drivers and added he would “prefer not to be a part of it”. The series has been credited for boosting F1’s popularity in countries such as the United States which led to a packed out race in Austin last year.
Demand for a second US race saw Miami added to the calendar with tickets selling out in just 40 minutes. However, Verstappen has reiterated his distaste at the show in an interview with the Associated Press.
Verstappen said: “You as a person, you are trying to build a brand, just by being myself. But then a series like that can just put you down completely different just because they like it like that and I think that is very wrong and I prefer not to be a part of it.
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Much of the debate has been around its creative licence with drivers claiming the show fakes some rivalries for entertainment. F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said: “There is no question that the Netflix project has had a very successful effect
“In order to ignite the interest of a new audience, a tone was used that in some ways focused on dramatising the story. It’s an opportunity, but I think it needs to be understood. We talked about it this weekend [in Bahrain] at a meeting with the teams as well.
“A driver who refuses to participate because he feels he is not being represented in the right way is not being constructive; so a dialogue is needed to understand how he can be included in a format that he feels is correct.”