Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 6 Review

Formula 1: Drive to Survive Review

Formula 1: Drive to Survive has been a topic of debate among F1 fans since its debut in 2018. Some criticize it for its dramatized approach, while others appreciate its role in showcasing the depth of the sport beyond just race results. Despite its flaws, Drive to Survive remains a valuable platform for both dedicated and casual fans, especially after a less competitive 2023 F1 season.

Verstappen won 19 of 22 Grands Prix in 2023. (Photo Credit: Dan Vojtech/Netflix)

Season 6 of Drive to Survive continues to explore key storylines from the previous year, shining a spotlight on various teams and their struggles and successes. The season kicks off with episodes focusing on Aston Martin, AlphaTauri, and McLaren, offering insights into the dynamics within these teams.

Highlights and Criticisms

Fans of the show will be pleased to see the return of popular figures like Guenther Steiner from Haas and James Vowles from Williams. However, the series does stumble in its portrayal of Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes, especially given the recent news of his move to Ferrari in 2025.

While the record-breaking season of Max Verstappen is briefly summarized in episode 10, some may feel that it deserved more attention. Additionally, the show misses opportunities to delve into significant moments like Carlos Sainz’s strategic victory in Singapore and Oscar Piastri’s impressive rookie season.

Room for Improvement

Drive to Survive may benefit from less emphasis on self-referential humor and more in-depth analysis of key race moments. Despite its limitations, the series still manages to provide entertaining insights, such as Alexander Albon’s humorous take on Netflix’s excitement over Daniel Ricciardo’s return to F1.