5 of our favorite moments from Netflix’s Drive To Survive season 4

by Netflix Formula 1: drive to survive is back for a fourth season – and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Ahead of its 10-episode release next week, here are five of our favorite moments…

1. Wolff vs. Horner

One of the most intriguing threads of a gripping 2021 campaign has been the off-track title fight, where Red Bull chief Christian Horner and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff were the main protagonists – and they feature prominently. place in the latest edition of the hit F1 documentary series.

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The crew spends a lot of time with Horner away from the track, as he runs through the Oxfordshire countryside, rides horses with his wife Geri Halliwell and shoots clay pigeons.

Horner is punchy throughout. Of Wolff, he says: “He inherited something that was already well-oiled. He didn’t have to build anything. He leads the team differently from me. He is more driven by finances than competition.

Wolff gives as well as he gets, joking with Horner “don’t be too grumpy” after Mercedes beat their rivals in a race.

READ MORE: Intense rivalry with Red Bull chief Horner ‘just what the doctor ordered’, says Mercedes boss Wolff

As Red Bull starts the season stronger, we’re watching over Wolff’s shoulder as he speaks to the team’s senior executives in a video call. He remains calm throughout, giving insight into his leadership style. He admits some of the directions the team are taking are wrong, but tells them they shouldn’t fear Red Bull.

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2. Ricciardo’s anguish and ecstasy

Daniel Ricciardo was a centerpiece in Drive to survive since his very first series – and it remains so in season four, as the documentary series traces his painful start to life at McLaren.

The British team – like many of their rivals – have given Netflix impressive access throughout the year, and the result have been some intimate moments that show the agony Ricciardo is going through as he tries to break free. to install.

READ MORE: Ricciardo calls Monza 2021 win ‘biggest moment of my career’

After being knocked out in Q1 in Portugal, Ricciardo asks what the fine is if he doesn’t make the media after the session. As he sits on the floor and puts his head in his hands, he says “it’s embarrassing”.

We see him later in Los Angeles, where he is spending the summer holidays. He described 2021 as the “toughest” of his career and admitted he was “not a good loser” as losing filled him with stress. Ricciardo has been very open in the previous three seasons of DTS, and that doesn’t change in this edition, even when times get tough – as we see him fight the biggest battle of all, which is with himself.

The break, we know, did him good. In the third race back he took victory at Monza, his first for McLaren, and the pendulum began to swing the other way, from stomach pain to outright ecstasy.

Ricciardo’s victory at Monza was one of the highlights of the season

3. Rising star Russell takes center stage

After starring for less than a minute on last year’s series, Russell jokes that he’s hoping for more airtime in season four. And he can’t complain this time around as he is playing a leading role this season. The documentary traces his impressive campaign with Williams and his battle with Valtteri Bottas for the second seat at Mercedes for 2022.

It covers the accident between the duo at Imola – and how Mercedes handled it behind the scenes. We also witness an awkward press conference when they were paired up, but we have no news to report on their future.

READ MORE: Russell not thinking about 2022 title bid with Mercedes despite promising pre-season

There’s also plenty of behind-the-scenes time with Wolff, including a discussion of the pros and cons of keeping Bottas and bringing Russell in on a private jet, and a phone call he takes on the way to Silverstone with strategy guru James Vowles – who tells the boss that the championship fight has gotten so close, he has to have a difficult conversation with Bottas and tell the Finn that he will have to comply with the team’s orders.

Episode eight ends with an on-the-fly shoot, capturing a conversation between Wolff and Russell. Wolff tells the Mercedes junior: “The bad news is you’re racing against Lewis Hamilton, the good news is you’re racing it in a Mercedes.” The two hug, Russell thanks his mentor, and they head to hospitality for dinner.

Russell and Bottas vie for 2022 Mercedes seat for fascinating viewing

4. Hamilton and Verstappen clash

The thrilling battle between title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen comes to life in episode three, which focuses on the Monaco Grand Prix and the momentum after Max Verstappen takes his first victory on the streets of the Principality.

As Red Bull string together five successive wins, we cut to shots of Hamilton taking a close look at the Red Bull in the pit lane. He then returns to the Mercedes garage and discusses the differences between the Red Bull and his Silver Arrow with boss Toto Wolff.

READ MORE: Verstappen signs bumper new deal with Red Bull until end of 2028

We also get a glimpse of how Hamilton is handling arguably the most difficult Championship campaign he has ever faced. The Briton admits his mistake in Baku, when he locked in and raced into Turn 1 on the restart, “f***** him”, and he opens up about the anxiety he felt at because of his fear of catching Covid again.

And on his vision of the wheelies with Verstappen at Silverstone, Hamilton says “if you don’t do it for a swerve, you might as well stop racing”, which is very similar to a famous phrase used by his hero Ayrton Senna .

2021 British Grand Prix: Huge Verstappen crash after contact with championship rival Hamilton

5. Tsunoda makes a name for himself

We learned in 2021 that there was no one like Yuki Tsunoda, the pocket rocket who rode through his junior career to reach F1 with just two years of international single-seater experience under his belt.

The Japanese rider had a tough rookie campaign, characterized by a large damage bill for AlphaTauri, some real highlights that showed real potential and some fruity talk on the radio.

READ MORE: The rise of Japanese running sensation Yuki Tsunoda – told by the man himself and key figures in his career

In episode eight, the Netflix crew spends quite a bit of time with Tsunoda, where we learn of his disdain for laundry (judging by an overflowing laundry basket and clothes on his apartment floor), his love food and his aversion to training – what he says he only does because he knows he has to!

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Yuki Tsunoda stars in episode 8 as we go behind the scenes with the young driver

While boss Franz Tost has defended Tsunoda throughout, we see moments in the documentary where his frustration is clear. “What is he doing?” Tost exclaims when Tsunoda crashes in practice at Imola. We see him later watching the telemetry with the engineers and pointing out that he brakes too late into turn 1 at Paul Ricard, which caused him to crash again. But it’s clear from the footage that he’s a popular member of the team and they want him to succeed.

Season 4 of Formula 1: Drive To Survive will launch globally on Netflix on March 11.

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