Max Verstappen’s snub of Netflix’s Drive to Survive is a void they cannot hide: Despite the X-rated insight into the fierce Mercedes v Red Bull rivalry, the man who dethroned Hamilton features less than Yuki Tsunoda trying mushy peas in Milton Keynes

Perhaps Drive to Survive should have considered a rebrand for this is as much the Toto Wolff and Christian Horner show as it is about the epic 2021 season. ‘He’s not really had to build anything,’ Horner says as a shot at Wolff. They go on to win that opening race in Bahrain but the overwhelming sense in the paddock, and from the episode, is that they can smell blood at Mercedes. ‘Hold up that f***ing Mercedes,’ Horner says to Steiner, in one of the many paddock walks captured by the Netflix crew. In truth, Horner and Wolff could have filled their own 10-part series but the strength of Drive to Survive is its storytelling from the race leaders to the backmarkers. Cameras on Horner, cameras on Wolff, back to Horner, back to Wolff, with now-disposed race director Michael Masi getting very limited air-time.

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