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MOTORSPORTS | Mar 20

Max Verstappen on Why He ‘Hates’ Netflix’s Drive to Survive

Verstappen Last Appeared on ‘Drive to Survive’ in Season 3 (2021), Ever Since He Hasn’t Been Part of the Show

Max Verstappen on Why He ‘Hates’ Netflix’s Drive to Survive
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing | Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

Max Is Not Messing Around With Netflix

I am just sitting down in a dark room and I hate that. – Max Verstappen

Love him or hate him, Max Verstappen is undeniably one of F1’s most captivating characters. While some portray him as a hotheaded youngster, the truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. Let’s dissect the enigma of Verstappen and his complicated relationship with Netflix’s hit show, Drive to Survive.

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Drive to Survive: A Double-Edged Sword

There’s no denying Drive to Survive’s impact on F1’s popularity worldwide. Drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez have leveraged the show to cultivate massive fan bases. Verstappen, however, remains a skeptic.

Verstappen accuses the show of fabricating rivalries, particularly his supposed feud with Lewis Hamilton, and dislikes the forced, interview-room setting.

“You don’t see a lot of me on Drive to Survive, which is why I don’t like doing it. You probably don’t get the right side of me because it is just an interview, I am just sitting down in a dark room and I hate that,” explained Verstappen.

“And there’s always questions just about F1-related stuff which I don’t like to talk about. They put a mic in front of you and you have to talk about the season which… just have a casual interaction, have fun.”

He’s all about keeping his work life and personal life separate. You won’t catch him chatting for hours about the ins and outs of the F1 schedule or spilling the tea on behind-the-scenes drama. For this reason, the participation of the Dutchman in the show is minimal, although he should be the main protagonist as he is the champion.

 

A Glimpse into the Real Verstappen

When it comes to handling F1 news interviews, Max can give off a vibe colder than the Ice Man at the North Pole. Seriously, if looks could freeze, journalists would turn into popsicles! And those answers? They’re like verbal daggers, leaving interviewers scrambling for cover. Yep, Max doesn’t mince words, and that’s earned him a reputation for being a tad arrogant.

 

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Ricciardo, Verstappen’s former Red Bull Racing teammate, offers a different perspective. He describes Verstappen as possessing a hidden sense of humor that rarely shines through during interviews.

British former racing driver Max Fewtrell has also said that Verstappen is a nice guy: “You don’t like Max cause of Drive to Survive? He actually gets this kind of villain persona. I don’t know why, he’s actually a really nice bloke. I don’t get it. Max Verstappen is literally a really nice guy.”

 

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Max Verstappen is a complex individual, a champion driver with a unique personality. His frustration with Drive to Survive stems from a desire for authenticity, not a dislike of fame. Understanding this helps us appreciate him beyond the sometimes abusive persona presented on the track.

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