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Does Drive To Survive Do Extra Harm Than Justice?



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Feb 1, 2023

Season 5 of Netflix’s well-liked Components 1 documentary collection returns, sadly to many, on the twenty fourth of February 2023. Following the 2022 season of the game crowning Max Verstappen as a two-time world champion, this season returns with much-anticipated drama and plotlines. Whereas Drive to Survive is a extensively well-liked collection bringing in thousands and thousands of viewers for each Netflix and Components 1, it’s fascinating to think about the broader implications it has on the game. With fixed dramatization of on and off-track occasions, does Drive to Survive do extra harm to Components 1 than justice?

Initially airing in 2019 following the filming of Components 1’s 2018 season, Drive to Survive showcased the world of motorsport to viewers. Components 1 has by no means been as well-liked of a sport as soccer or cricket and has struggled within the final decade to enchantment to the following technology, so the appearance of a preferred Netflix collection was certain to influence the game in so some ways. Earlier than Netflix, Components 1 had no worries about money – this sport has all the time been the wealthiest pinnacle of motorsport, however Netflix has made Components 1 as bountiful as ever. Viewers engagement, nonetheless, has all the time lacked prominence and influence in comparison with different sports activities. For some time, Components 1 followers had been greeted with glances and questions inquiring why somebody would observe a sport that merely exhibits automobiles driving in a circle. If Drive to Survive has completed something proper, it’s to reveal the intricacies and technicalities of the game, fortunately distinguishing Components 1 from Nascar.

Being a behind-the-scenes docuseries, Drive to Survive seemingly created an ideal mix of sports activities and leisure. Taking viewers by the views of various drivers, groups, and biking by races throughout the calendar was actually a logistical nightmare that paid off. The primary season featured what many would name the ‘underdogs’ of Components 1 with the notable absence of Mercedes and Ferrari from the narrative. Initially refusing to participate within the collection attributable to the opportunity of distractions and breaches, Netflix was pressured to deal with making a wider narrative for the game that attracted viewers immensely. With a majority of Components 1’s advertising on the time targeted on Mercedes and Ferrari, with just a little sprint of Redbull, followers noticed a contemporary perspective with the deal with the remaining groups. Followers had been thrilled to see Haas’ Gunther Steiner characterised in a brand new method, equally as surprising because it was predictable to see his theatrics delivery a complete fanbase primarily based on his behaviour within the paddock.

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Drivers comparable to Daniel Ricciardo had been central to Drive to Survive within the first few seasons, shining a light-weight on his character and efforts to combine into a brand new workforce. With mild shining on drivers like Ricciardo, Gasly, and Norris, constructive publicity was prevalent. Arguably earlier than Drive to Survive, there was far much less TikTok ridiculousness within the type of flattery in direction of these drivers. Supposed to painting some drivers in a constructive mild, there are additionally some who’ve beforehand expressed their disdain in direction of Drive to Survive. Max Verstappen was absent from season 4 of the collection because of the method Netflix “faked a number of rivalries” and mischaracterised many figures in Components 1 – he has now determined to return to the present after settling his variations with the Netflix crew.  

Regardless of his return to the collection within the upcoming season, Verstappen makes a related level relating to the dramatization of the game. On the finish of the day, Drive to Survive is a drama collection meant to stir the plot and create a dialog, a lot in order that the expectation of reality and accuracy is past reasoning. The selective footage and dramatised enhancing make for good television, however for loyal followers who watched each race, and press convention, and skim all of the information first-hand, it might seem to be a betrayal. Different figures in Components 1 comparable to Jenson Button have acknowledged that though the collection is nice for bringing in followers, he does “know what’s faux and what isn’t”, crediting to easily watching the game.

The newest season of Drive to Survive was estimated to have pulled in 5 million viewers within the first week of its launch. It’s possible that inside these thousands and thousands, there are thousands and thousands of recent followers discovering Components 1 by the Netflix collection along with these returning to observe their favourites on display. Paired with the enlargement of Components 1 within the USA, it’s clear that the way forward for the game is massive. The brand new Las Vegas Grand Prix is about to be spectacular in grandeur to promote the game within the USA the place Components 1 has sometimes been overshadowed by Nascar. With the USA being an incredible marketplace for the game, prioritising leisure and glamour, Components 1 goes to be bringing within the massive bucks.

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All in all, how far will the game go to broaden its attain and money? Components 1 already has an extremely strong fanbase so the prominence of Drive to Survive has solely elevated the viewership, however quite by luring followers with drama. Since Drive to Survive, there was a rise within the invasion of privateness into drivers’ lives with followers virtually obsessing over Charles Leclerc’s cut up together with his girlfriend to the extent that he needed to put up a breakup announcement accompanying a request for privateness. Though this was certain to occur the extra the game grew in recognition, it is very important think about the influence and penalties that the Netflix collection has had on the followers.

Since Drive to Survive has portrayed Redbull because the underdogs of Components 1 compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, there was a big enhance in Verstappen followers. With this, we’ve additionally seen a rise in violence and harassment from followers usually sporting Verstappen merchandise at races. An occasion of this was in the course of the newest Austrian Grand Prix, with over 50,000 Dutch followers attending to assist Verstappen: sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia had been reported to have come from these followers on the Grand Prix. Figures all all through Components 1 condemned this behaviour, together with Verstappen who was shocked and located this to be unacceptable.

Along with this, there have been many situations the place rivalries between fanbases have made drivers uncomfortable and fuelled conversations about fan behaviour all through the game. Hamilton followers took to booing Verstappen at Silverstone, whereas Verstappen followers took to booing Hamilton in Austria. In fact, fan rivalries accompany drivers’ championship battles, however it’s clear that these days fan behaviour has turn into way more erratic than it was once, now to the purpose the place it started to have an effect on drivers’ private relationships. Previous to 2021, Hamilton and Verstappen had been pleasant, on the very least, on monitor and within the press. They might not have been mates exterior of the game, however there was far much less pressure arguably fuelled by the followers.

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Even on-line behaviour has turn into way more invasive and abusive in direction of drivers and groups, with followers throwing abuse at Hannah Schmitz, Redbulls’ Chief Strategist. Many drivers comparable to Hamilton have taken breaks from social media attributable to on-line abuse and hate being so distinguished. Whereas this difficulty is prevalent all through sports activities usually, it simply goes to point out that with the trendy expectation of fixed content material from our favorite athletes, followers are maybe changing into far too invested and invasive. Parasocial relationships are extremely widespread, and it’s proving to be ridiculously unhealthy for followers to delve this deep into the lives of athletes.

Although Drive to Survive will not be solely guilty for this handful of points rising in Components 1, it actually did catalyse it. Bringing in new followers is all the time a blessing; they enhance the numbers, the cash, the glamour, and all. Nonetheless, possibly it’s time for Components 1 to think about by which method it might be helpful to advertise the game. Would you quite keep true to the guts of the game, or usher in new followers who had been lured by drama?

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