Pierre Gasly becomes the latest F1 star to hit out at Drive To Survive as he claims the Netflix fly-on-the-wall series has scenes that are ‘kind of made up’… after world champion Max Verstappen compared it to ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’
- Pierre Gasly has claimed F1 series Drive To Survive has scenes that are ‘made up’
- A number of F1 figures have taken a swipe at the fly-on-the-wall series of late
- Max Verstappen jokingly described it as ‘Keeping Up With The Formula 1 world’
- Stefano Domenicali has also told producers to avoid ‘dramatisation’ in the show
- Now Gasly has become the latest star to criticise the popular Netflix programme
Pierre Gasly has become the latest Formula 1 star to take a swipe at Drive To Survive, claiming the popular fly-on-the-wall series has scenes that are ‘kind of made up’.
A number of F1 figures have hit out at Drive To Survive after Netflix released the fourth season of the show, which documents the most dramatic stories from each campaign in the sport.
World champion Max Verstappen is not a fan of the format, refusing to take part in the next season and recently comparing it to Kim Kardashian’s show ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’.
‘I’m sure we’ll talk about it with Stefano [Domenicali]. But at the moment I’m not really interested to take part in it,’ Verstappen said on Friday.
Pierre Gasly has become the latest Formula One star to take a swipe at Drive To Survive
‘It’s also taking more time when we’re already doing so many things. I saw the benefit initially of course you get more popularity, but for me now I think you reach a stage where its a bit more like ‘Keeping up with the Formula One world’ if you know my reference.
‘I think it shouldn’t be like that. It’s better just to make a season review by F1 itself, that’s why nicer to look at. But that’s my opinion. Nobody needs to share my opinion. I just don’t like to be a part of it.’
Lando Norris was also critical of the portrayal of his relationship with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the latest series, while F1 chief Domenicali has also urged Drive To Survive producers to avoid ‘dramatisation’ in the future.
The popular fly-on-the-wall series has come under fire from a number of F1 figures
World champion Max Verstappen is refusing to take part in the next series of the Netflix show
The Red Bull driver likened Drive To Survive to reality TV show ‘Keeping Up with Kardashians’
Now Gasly has become the latest star to aim a dig at the show, suggesting certain scenes have been ‘made up for the show’
‘I haven’t seen the whole series, so I haven’t seen like [more than] pretty much the first two episodes,’ the AlphaTauri driver told GPFans, via Planet F1.
‘You can clearly see that some scenes are kind of made up for the show. It’s difficult to speak for the drivers, I’m not in their position.
‘I don’t know how they [Netflix] get on with other guys. I think on our side with Yuki [Tsunoda], which is what I can compare, it was kind of normal.
‘But obviously as a driver, you don’t want to be portrayed differently than the person you are in reality. I think that’s the main thing that we ask for.’
Now Gasly has taken a swipe at the series, claiming some scenes are ‘kind of made up’
The AlphaTauri star says drivers simply want to be portrayed as who they really are
However, he also added: ‘On my side, I never had any issue. I never felt like they were kind of changing or adding more drama than we had.
‘I think we had enough drama over the last three years. It didn’t need more.’
The latest series of Drive To Survive focuses on last season’s gripping rivalry between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but the former is now refusing to take part in the next after taking offence at how he was portrayed.
And Domenicali has revealed F1 officials will be holding talks to ensure reality isn’t ‘distorted’ again in the future.
‘There is no question that the Netflix project has had a very successful effect,’ he told Motorsport.com.
‘In order to ignite the interest of a new audience, a tone was used that in some ways focused on dramatising the story.
F1 chief Stefano Domenicali has also urged producers of the show to avoid ‘dramatisation’
‘It’s an opportunity, but I think it needs to be understood. We talked about it this weekend [in Bahrain] at a meeting with the teams as well.
‘A driver who refuses to participate because he feels he is not being represented in the right way is not being constructive; so a dialogue is needed to understand how he can be included in a format that he feels is correct.
‘We will also talk to Netflix, because it is necessary that the story does not move away from reality, otherwise it no longer fits.
‘It is a topic that we will address together with the drivers. We have to make sure that a project that has generated such exceptional traction has a language that continues to appeal, but without distorting the image and the meaning of the sport that we live with every day.’