Leading the Formula 1 world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Max Vertsappen is not the type to mince words.
In an interview with the Associated Press on the sidelines of the United States Grand Prix this Sunday, the Red Bull driver lambasted the content offered by the hit documentary series from Netflix, "Drive to Survive".
There is actually nothing to show.
I understand that this has to be done to boost popularity [of F1] in the United States. But for my part, as a pilot, I don't like to be part of it. They invented rivalries that don't really exist. So I decided not to be part of it, and I didn't give an interview anymore because there is actually nothing to show. I'm not really the dramaturgy type, I just want facts and real things
”. Available on Netflix, this series has been a hell of a spotlight for the automotive discipline, especially in the United States.
In the process, the Dutchman added a layer by answering a question asked about his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton. "
This will probably be the case in the Netflix show
." The 24-year-old driver is probably referring to the criticisms leveled at Season 3, suspected of having greatly exaggerated the rivalry between Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, ex-teammates at McLaren. Same story for the sports director of Red Bull, Christian Horner, particularly annoyed by the freedoms taken by the series. “
I was recently asked if I scowl looking at him, and the straightforward answer is: yes, constantly.
An observation that is obviously not shared by the other driver of the Red Bull team, Sergio Perez: “
I really respect 'Drive to Survive' because what they have done for Formula 1 is great. It's really something I appreciate,
slips the Mexican
. Honestly, at first I didn't think it would be that big or that important to our sport. It's true that they probably create sensationalism. The way they sell the sport is a bit sensational. It's a show but at the end of the day it's good for the sport and it's good for the fans so I'm happy with that
. " Highly anticipated, season 4 "
Drive to Survive
" could therefore be deprived of the future world champion Verstappen.