Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 4 on Netflix: premiere date and teaser

The fourth season of Netflix Formula 1: drive to survive premieres Friday, March 11. There is only one week left until the inaugural event of the 2022 world championship, the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place in Sakhir. Drive to surviveopenly cited as the inspiration for the story modes of two Codemasters racing games, has been an unexpected hit for Netflix since its inception in 2018, and is widely credited with a surge in popularity for Formula 1 in the United States.

The show has become essential for motorsport fans here and in Europe, even if it recaps the previous season, the major endings of which are already known. Last year’s championship was one of the most memorable – and controversial – in Formula 1’s 71-year history, and breaking it down into 10 episodes should be very interesting.

So expect plenty of attention, focused on rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton; their Red Bull Racing and Mercedes teams; and the respective directors of these teams, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff. Mercedes won its eighth consecutive constructors’ championship, but Verstappen edged reigning four-time drivers’ champion Hamilton on the final lap of the final race for his first world title.

Their season was marked by crashes at Silverstone and Monza; torrential rains in Belgium and Hungary; a tit-for-tat dispute over rear wing aerodynamics; and a hefty fine to Verstappen just for touching Hamilton’s car in the pit area. Wolff destroyed his helmet when Hamilton accidentally crashed into Verstappen at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix a week before the season finale. This moment was as good as an instant visual summary of the 2022 championship, and it features halfway through this one-minute teaser of Drive to surviveis the fourth year.

Fans should also expect side talks about Ferrari’s new rivals Carlos Sainz and Charles LeClerc; Esteban Ocon’s sensational victory at the Hungaroring, aided by a lion-hearted defense from veteran team-mate Fernando Alonso; and the rise of George Russell of Williams Racing and his promotion to Mercedes.

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