Drive to Survive preview: What to expect from Hamilton title win to Grosjean crash

F1: Romain Grosjean walks away from huge crash

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With the 2021 season almost upon us, the much anticipated Netflix documentary Drive to Survive is released on Friday with a chance to go behind the scenes in Formula One, both on and off track and even catch a glimpse into some of the key personnel’s homes.

The series has captured the hearts of not only Formula One fans, but also many casual viewers of the download platform – and has helped give an extra insight into these untouchable figures.

Now in its third series, just a week before the first race of the 2021 is due to kick off, the show will look into one of the most disrupted seasons of F1’s history, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in ten binge-worthy episodes on Netflix.

In a year that saw all teams, personnel, media and fans turn up for the first race of the season in Australia back in March 2020 – only to have it cancelled just days before, it’s set to be one of the most interesting yet.

The news followed McLaren’s withdrawal from the race, after one of their team members tested positive for coronavirus. Discussions were held, with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.

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And then we waited.

Formula One was halted with many countries in lockdown trying to contain the spread of COVID-19.

But four months later, F1 found a safe way to restart the new season, with a revised 17-race calendar, starting in Austria and finishing in Abu Dhabi.

“Formula One is open to business again” comes the voice of Christian Horner in the opening few seconds of the Netflix trailer, and although the storyline’s haven’t been confirmed, it’s highly likely we can pick out some key points they may concentrate on.

Firstly, with the crew in Australia, it’s safe to say the unprecedented postponement of the season should be covered at one point during the series.

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Elsewhere, we can expect to see the story behind Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, who entered the season as the reigning world champions, with Hamilton looking to secure a seventh world title, to equal Michael Schumacher, something he managed with victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Also we could expect a closer look at Pierre Gasly’s popular maiden win in Monza, Sergio Perez’s first win at the Sakhir Grand Prix, with heartbreak for George Russell on debut in the Mercedes as Hamilton’s stand in – with a win snatched away from him after a pit-stop blunder and a puncture being among the highlights from the 2020 season.

The trailer also highlights Roman Grosjean’s terrifying, fiery accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where the Frenchman suffered burns to his hands.

At the time, Haas released a statement saying: “Treatment on the burns Grosjean sustained on the back of both his hands is going well.

“It is anticipated he will be discharged from the care of the hospital on Tuesday, December 1.”

Grosjean sat out the rest of the season, with reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi, 24, making his F1 debut at the next race, the grandson of two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Footage shows the car hitting the barrier, splitting in two and bursting into flames on the first lap of the race, which was red-flagged and in the trailer, Grosjean is shown talking about the accident, and how it affected him at the time.

“You almost accept that you’re dead, and I said no. It can not be the end,” admitted Grosjean in the Netflix trailer.

“I am the man that walked out of fire.”

However, as the camera pans out you see his wife, the French motorsport journalist Marion Jolles, rolling her eyes, in what looks to be a candid interview with the pair.

There was plenty for Netflix to sink their teeth into last year, and in a season where most fans weren’t able to share the glories with their favourite teams or drivers due to COVID-19 restrictions in many countries, Drive to Survive, produced by Box to Box Films, is sure to deliver once again.

Drive to Survive is exclusively available on Netflix, so you’ll need a subscription in order to watch the series.

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