Drive to Survive

No Ferrari and Mercedes

When I first heard this was being made, I knew it would be great. Having now finished watching, it’s even better than I had expected.

The biggest advantage the program has, is actually the lack of Ferrari and Mercedes. It’s really allowed the smaller teams to show just how difficult it is to succeed in Formula One. I think had the two biggest teams been involved, they would have stolen a lot of camera time. I understand it was their choice not to be involved, and I’m really happy by this.

All the reviews I’ve seen often talk about how much of a character Guenther Steiner is, and they’re right. Although by the end, I was starting to feel a bit sorry for Romain Grosjean. (He’s still likely to be the first to not finish in the upcoming season though).

There are numerous other times of tension throughout all ten episodes, but none greater than when Red Bull are announcing they’re dropping Renault as engine supplier. It genuinely felt as though their hadn’t been much of a conversation between Christian Horner and Cyril Abiteboul and seemed like quite a surprise to Renault. In the same way that Daniel Ricciardo leaving to go to Renault seemed like a massive surprise.

Then there’s McLaren and Williams

If you’re a Formula One fan, you’ll already know the background to both very successful teams. Unfortunately, watching them both fall has been painful. It also seems like they’ve got some way to go before their fortune starts to turn and hopefully they both become title contenders again.

Overall, it’s one of my favourite programs that I’ve taken time out to watch, although I do wonder whether there will be a second series, and if there is, how they’ll relate it. We’ve seen good things from McLaren so far in 2019, so maybe that could be the big story for the next series.

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2 thoughts on “Drive to Survive

  1. Ah, now I am keen to to watch this myself. Thanks for giving me some highlights.

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    1. No problem. Hope you enjoy it 👍

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