Details and a teaser trailer for the upcoming season of Netflix’s “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” were released. The third installment of the 10-episode series will hit the streaming service on March 10th and will chronicle the 2020 Formula One season that was thrown into disarray with the global pandemic and culminated with Lewis Hamilton’s championship winning effort for Mercedes.
The Netflix series provides an up close and personal perspective about the drivers and teams as they traverse the globe in search of F1 racing glory. All matters and stories are broached. The episodes go beyond racing highlights and delve into the people, personalities and stories that are never seen by the public.
In many ways, Netflix has found a way to humanize these racing idols. Specifically Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner who gained some form of celebrity with his unique brand of vocal leaderships during season two. Steiner dropped, by my observation and calculation, approximately 15 F-bombs in 90-seconds during episode two of the second season.
There will be no shortage of drama for the producers of season three. The 2020 season started in Melbourne under the horrible clouds of the burgeoning Covid-19 global pandemic. The F1 season was put on pause as the world crumbled and lives were lost worldwide. A scrambled season was put together and somehow completed, with Lewis Hamilton winning his seventh world championship.
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To a certain degree, myself included, F1 racing was a brief reprieve from the horrible realities all around us. For a couple of hours on a Sunday morning we could forget the death toll and submerge ourselves into something normal. As a fan of the previous two seasons I have faith that the producers of season three will be able to convey the emotions of heartache that surrounded the 2020 F1 campaign.
The series is produced by James Gay-Reese, whose documentary producer credits include “Senna” and “Oasis: Supersonic”. In 2016 he won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for “Amy”, a vivid feature about the tragic life of singer Amy Winehouse.