Formula 1: The ultimate adrenaline rush
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The adrenaline gets turned up in ‘Formula 1: Drive To Survive’ There's no sporting event more exciting and energetic than Formula 1, which with its mixture of high-speed racing and cutting edge engineering makes for one of the most thrilling and competitive sporting events in the world.
Now in an unprecedented partnership, Netflix and Formula 1 have collaborated on a new documentary series that offers viewers an inside look into the inner workings of the sport with Formula 1: Drive To Survive and it really gets your adrenaline up.
This narrative-driven production chronicles the highs and lows and the massive personalities, both on and off the track, during the 2018 Formula Grand Prix season.
Beginning in Melbourne and finishing up in Abu Dubai, through these 21 unique and thrilling races Formula 1: Drive To Survive chronicles the immense struggle to win and survive in this 'big boys club' of high-performance motorsport.
From the very start Netflix does a great job of profiling the drivers and sets up plenty of hero/villain oppositions, and many of them occur in the very same team.
In terms of our central heroes, we follow the likes of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing and Esteban Ocon of Force India, who have to contend with our series villains that include the likes of rising star Max Verstappen and veteran racer Sergio Pérez, and who both happen to be their very teammates.
These rivalries battle it out for position and prestige on the track and the drama ramps up as everything from contract discussions to pole position heats up.
But while the drivers battle it out on the track, Formula 1 doesn't stop there and we're introduced to the characters that appear off the track as well.
From the ultra-competitive and hawk-like Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red-Bull Racing to the emotionally driven Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault, who go head-to-head on both the track and boardroom to give their teams the best advantage of taking home the checkered flag.
This is ground-level intensity at its finest and it only adds to the pressure of the drivers. Then if to add even more pressure we get to meet the team owners such as ruthless business magnate Zak Brown of McLaren and Vijay "King of Good Times" Mallya who is enjoying the fruits of his labour with his beloved Sahara Force India.
All of these personalities from driver to principal to owner are possessed of the will to win at all costs and this builds into a powder keg of explosive viewing that you simply can’t look away from.
Competition is the central theme running through Formula 1: Drive To Survive and you’re constantly aware of its omniscient presence. Every single second of this series vibrates with the idea of winning at all costs and as an audience member, you’re pulled deeper into the mounting pursuit for points with each new race.
While Mercedes AMG and Ferrari have cemented themselves as the top-tier competitors the interest in this series comes from the scrappy mid-level pack made up of Red Bull, Force India, Renault, McLaren and Haas.
It’s here that the excitement and drama builds from the performance of these underdog teams and each of their unique stories are incredibly exciting to be a part of.
Driver mindset also goes under the microscope in the series and this singular focus is examined from several very different points of view here.
From Daniel Ricciardo's happy go lucky vibes to Fernando Alonso’s all-consuming intensity, the series examines this extreme love for motorsport and just what it means for these competitors to put themselves behind the wheel and race for the checkered flag.
However, you soon find out that talent alone is not the only thing that wins out in the end and money and resources play a huge part in the final result.
Formula 1: Drive To Survive is truly a tell-all behind-the-scenes look at the sport, and this is Formula 1 laid completely bare. In addition to the drama and narrative at play here in Formula 1: Drive To Survive, the series also offers up some incredibly beautiful and detailed imagery that puts you right on the track.
Cameras are strapped to the inside of the car and you feel the heat and fury of these hulking machines as they blast around the track and it’s an incredibly exciting sight to watch.
Formula 1: Drive To Survive is a nail-biting watch from beginning to end, and each new episode with its drama, passion and adrenaline really keeps you dialled into the kinetic pace of the 2018 season. Access like this is unprecedented and the series is well worth your time. Formula 1: Drive To Survive is available to stream on Netflix