The documentary series which follows Grand Prix racing has proven to be a huge success in attracting new audiences to F1 since its launch in 2019.
However, some dramatization of storylines and the way he exaggerated rivalries led to some pushback from fans and pilots alike.
World champion Max Verstappen in particular declined to take part in the series because of what he thinks are too many lies.
“They faked a few rivalries that don’t really exist,” Verstappen said in an interview with the Associated press Last year. “So I decided not to be a part of it and I didn’t give any more interviews after that because there’s nothing you can show.”
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is well aware of the benefits the Netflix series has brought to the sport, but also understands why some drivers don’t like the way they can be portrayed.
He says that following discussions with teams about the situation, there will be pressure for Netflix to reverse some of the infringement so that all drivers feel comfortable participating.
Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren, returns to his garage, Jean-Michel Tibi, Cameraman FOM
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“There is no doubt that the Netflix project has had a very successful effect,” Domenicali said in an interview with selected media including Motorsport.com Italy.
“In order to engage the interest of a new audience, a tone was used which in some ways was intended to dramatize the story.
“It’s an opportunity, but I think you have to understand it. We talked about it this weekend [in Bahrain] during 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 constructive; a dialogue is therefore necessary to understand how it can be included in a format that it deems correct.
“We are also going to talk to Netflix, because the story must not deviate from reality, otherwise it no longer sticks.
“It’s a subject that we will discuss with the drivers. We need to ensure that a project that has generated such exceptional traction has a language that continues to appeal, but without distorting the image and meaning of the sport we live with every day.
Verstappen isn’t the only driver to have expressed reservations about Netflix’s handling of them — or to use quotes and out-of-context communications to make things more dramatic.
Lando Norris said after the launch of the recent series: “Obviously there are comments and things here and there that might be out of place for sure. When you’re the person it’s about, you don’t You might not be so okay with that because it might make you feel like you said something at a time and place that definitely isn’t right.