At Long Last, Fans Get The Keys To Formula 1's Biggest Secrets
Formula 1 Fans have always been taken for granted to some extent.
For years, we've tuned in, no matter what. We've gone to the races, no matter what. We've emotionally invested in the drama, no matter what.
And what has the sport given fans in return? Well, plenty of thrills and spills, sure. But access to the stars has been limited. For F1 fans, the experience has been of an outsider looking in.
But no more.
There's an incredible new 10-part documentary called 'Formula 1: Drive To Survive' streaming on Netflix right now. Watch the trailer below and try not to drool too much. We'll see you in a minute and 47 seconds.
As you can see from the trailer, this is true insider, fly-on-the-wall access. And that's thanks in large part to executive producer Paul Martin, who has teamed up with James Rees -- the man who also made the highly acclaimed movie 'Senna'.
"We're all very focussed on the details of the fastest lap and who's done well and who hasn’t, but there's a whole story underneath that in Formula 1," Martin told 10 daily.
There is indeed, and Martin has captured it brilliantly, with footage from inside the paddock, pit lane, the constructors' offices and even scenes from the drivers' private lives.
"For whatever reasons, the sport of Formula 1 was a little bit behind closed doors," Martin said.
"If you were an outsider, it was very difficult to penetrate. We couldn’t really understand the conflicts."
Did someone say CONFLICTS? You only have to get a couple of episodes in to get such a close-up view of two conflicts, you'll be lucky to escape without blood spatter.
One conflict is the long-running feud between Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul and his Rd Bull rival Christian Horner. Then there's the personal biffo between Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, which flared up after the teammates famously took each other at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last year.
And we don't mean they took each other out for dinner.
"Daniel is Daniel," Paul Martin told us. "He's this funny Aussie guy, but he does have a bit of steel about him. He's ruthless on the track."
Whether Ricciardo's Renault is a ruthless enough machine to make an impression in Melbourne this weekend remains to be seen. But if everyone's favourite Aussie driver flops, hey, at least we can all enjoy this terrific doco after the race.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive launched globally on Netflix 8th March.
The 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix will be screened live and free on Network 10 from Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 17 March, and streamed live on 10 play.
Australia’s most experienced Formula One driver, Mark Webber, joins the team again this year to offer his expert opinion and commentate all F1 sessions as well as qualifying and the big race.
Mark joins 10 Sport’s Matt White and Roz Kelly, former F1 World Champion Alan Jones, on set with Tom Clarkson, Scott Mackinnon and Kate Peck to bring fans all the news from inside the F1 Paddock.