The latest season does not have much going for it, other from some funny foreshadowing in the narration, breathtaking high angle images of the cars on racetracks, and probing particular teams’ financial circumstances.
Formula One’s most recent season defied all expectations. A better script could not have been handed to them. This season had it everything: a thrilling championship battle that came down to the wire with a last-lap pass to win it all, the race director being fired for his choice in the season finale, and a tight battle for the Constructors’ championship. The Drive to Survive team had a monumental task in putting the 22 races together into ten cohesive episodes.
However, despite being given an exciting storyline, the series falls short when compared to the real-time drama of the sport. Many of the editorial decisions made during the season are guaranteed to perplex Formula 1 enthusiasts.
To begin with, the series fails to mention races that were vital to the title, like as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Especially because Lewis Hamilton went from a twenty-five-place grid penalty to winning the race in Brazil and clawing his way back to reduce the championship points gap; this is the stuff of myths and legends.
Apart from downplaying important races and eliminating the current world champion’s home race, the series presented video of some races many times, including the championship contenders’ crash in Monza, Verstappen’s collision in Silverstone, and the Hungarian Grand Prix’s turn one incident.
The show chooses to ignore several critical events in the races it does cover. The producers appear to be completely focused on Nikita Mazepin in their program on the Russian Grand Prix, ignoring Hamilton’s historic 100th race win and Lando Norris’ loss of the race lead owing to a strategic move. Because the show does not follow a chronological timeline and repeats a lot of footage, it may be a little perplexing for first-time viewers.
It’s also worth noting that Drive to Survive has a bad reputation for being historically accurate. In an interview with the Associated Press last October, current world champion Max Verstappen, who declined to be a part of the show, said, “They faked a few rivalries that don’t really exist.”
This season, the show continued its tradition of factual mistakes by showing a chart of weather conditions at the Belgian Grand Prix… while discussing the weather in Sochi, Russia! The championship fight has been the focus of the series since the beginning, and properly so.
However, as the title fight tightened toward the conclusion of the year, the show’s makers began to concentrate their focus and, as a result, lost control of the wider picture. Two teams, their drivers, and their antics are the primary emphasis.
They also omit to report important driver moves, like as Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou to Alfa Romeo, and Alex Albon to Williams, as they did in past seasons.
The retirement of Kimi Raikkonen, a former world champion and the F1 driver with the most race starts, was neatly overlooked this season. Former world champions Fernando Alonso, who returned to the grid after a two-year hiatus in 2021, and Sebastian Vettel, who switched teams, are also underrepresented.
Apart from some clever foreshadowing in the narration, magnificent high-angle images of the cars on racetracks, and an examination of specific teams’ financial situations (particularly Williams), the most recent season does not have much going for it.
However, if you’re interested in learning more about Formula 1, don’t let this deter you from watching the show. Drive to Survive is an excellent introduction to the peak of motorsport, despite its shattered narratives and blindspots.