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How Netflix risks F1 broadcasters' wrath
Netflix's hit show Drive to Survive has engaged a new audience with its unfettered access to the Formula 1 paddock in recent years - much to the annoyance of big broadcasters. But the interest it has gathered can only be of benefit, and may even change viewing habits to accomodate this new fanbase
The pain in Lewis Hamilton's voice as he apologises to Mercedes for throwing away the lead of the 2019 German Grand Prix. The brutally casual way Christian Horner calls Pierre Gasly Red Bull's "Achilles heel" last year. The nervous charm of Alex Albon showing camera crews around the small, rented home he shared with his family.
There are plenty of other highlights from the second season of Netflix's Formula 1 documentary, 'Drive to Survive' - but the above really stood out. And what made all of them special was the level of access the show's producer, 'Box to Box Films', had to the characters involved.
Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets
Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.
An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal
Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
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