F1: Drive to Survive season 6 – six things we learned from Netflix show

Drive to Survive has been credited with drastically increasing F1’s popularity worldwide (Photo: Netflix)

The sixth season of Formula 1: Drive to Survive drops on Netflix tomorrow, giving fans yet another look behind the scenes of the world’s fastest sport.

2023 was far from the greatest year for F1 as Max Verstappen and Red Bull dominated proceedings but there were still a few intriguing plotlines across the grid.

While this latest series of Drive to Survive is nowhere near as revealing nor compelling as its predecessors, it has nevertheless been able to shed some more light on how some of the biggest stories from last year went down.

Metro Sport takes a look at six things we learned from series six:

Lewis Hamilton really wasn’t happy that Mercedes ignored him

Sir Lewis Hamilton is – rather understandably – still bitter over the events of Abu Dhabi 2021 and from the off states: ‘I need to take back the championship that was taken from me. I need to own it.’

Frustrations boil over then when Mercedes ignore their star driver’s wishes and continue with a car design that ultimately proves to be flawed, with Hamilton labelling his machine the ‘evil sister’ to the equally awful 2022 car.

The seven-time champion goes onto remark how hurt he was when Mercedes engineers didn’t listen to him and practically told him he was ‘wrong’ to doubt them.

The episode ‘Leap of Faith’ deals with these issues and Hamilton’s decision to eventually sign a new contract with the Silver Arrows – and provides a lot of context as to why the 39-year-old has now opted to move to Ferrari…

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton signed a new Mercedes contract last year but has now decided to join Ferrari (Photo: Netflix)

Guenther Steiner knew his time was up

This season of DTS may well be the last to feature Guenther Steiner after Haas decided to axe the team principal ahead of the 2024 season.

The brilliant, hilarious and sweary Steiner is a little more subdued in the episode ‘The Last Chapter’, perhaps a sign he knew the end was nigh with results failing to improve while his rivals drove into the sunset.

After a particularly bad weekend in Mexico, team owner Gene Haas tells Steiner: ‘Waste of time. Next year it’s gonna be the same story,’ and the team principal can only reply: ‘I’ve f***ing had enough. I’m f***ing done with this.’

A chat with friend and former Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto appears to confirm Steiner’s fate – we may never seen him on the grid again…

Guenther Steiner

This may well be Guenther Steiner’s final appearance on Drive to Survive (Photo: Netflix)

Otmar Szafnauer escaped a ‘shit show’ at Alpine

One of the low key craziest moments of 2023 was when Alpine sacked team principal Otmar Szafnauer halfway through a race weekend.

The episode ‘C’est la Vie’ reveals that this came as a complete shock to a despairing Szafnauer, who was forced to pack up his things and depart the paddock immediately.

As he’s leaving, a friend tells him: ‘You know that was never a mutual agreement. I think in some respects, [it] seems like a bit of shit show at the moment. You’re probably better off out of it.’

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo missed several races after breaking his hand during practice (Photo: Netflix)

Liam Lawson is furious he didn’t get the AlphaTauri seat

Red Bull’s B-team gets a lot of coverage this season with the episode ‘Three’s a Crowd’ dealing with Daniel Ricciardo’s hand injury and Liam Lawson’s impressive debut.

Despite some stellar drives from the Lawson, AlphaTauri opt to stick with Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda for 2024, and while Christian Horner tells the young Kiwi he’ll get his chance soon, it’s of little comfort.

‘It’s tough knowing that I don’t get the seat even though I’ve just beaten the guy [Tsunoda] whose getting the seat. I don’t know how to f***ing answer that. It’s meant to be me.’

The drivers found Las Vegas as cringey as the rest of us did

The return of Las Vegas to the calendar ultimately proved a successful one with a thrilling race on the streets of Sin City.

Away from the racing itself, things weren’t so thrilling however, with the opening ceremony blasted by the likes of Max Verstappen who was made to feel like a ‘clown’.

The episode ‘Red or Black’ shows what the drivers were up to before they were paraded to the crowd in bizarre fashion, and it’s safe to say a lot of them didn’t know what to make of the whole event, with Verstappen even quipping: ‘Can we hide?!’

Christian Horner

Christian Horner features in the series amid an investigation into alleged ‘inappropriate behaviour’ (Photo: Netflix)

There’s a very awkward Christian Horner moment

Drive to Survive was of course produced prior to the investigation into Horner who has been accused of ‘inappropriate and controlling behaviour’ by a female employee of Red Bull.

Nevertheless, there’s a very awkward moment at the start of the episode ‘Fall From Grace’, where Father Christmas (or at least an actor hired by the Red Bull boss to surprise his kids) asks the Horner family: ‘Has Dad been good this year?’

Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 6 is out on Netflix on February 23.

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