Netflix accused of ‘creating drama’ in F1

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It looks like an explosive team bosses meeting in Montreal will be featured in Netflix’s next official Formula 1 series.

As bosses sparred over the FIA’s crackdown on so-called ‘porpoising’, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed Netflix cameras were rolling when Toto Wolff ‘lost his shit’.

“The meeting got a bit emotional,” Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack told Auto Motor und Sport.

“There was a camera and I think it was Christian who asked if it could be turned off. But I can’t say if it was still being recorded or if the microphones were on all the time.”

German newspaper Bild quoted Horner as confirming that there were “elements of theatre” at the Montreal meeting.

“Lewis’ new movie is coming,” he said. “Maybe Toto will play a part in it.”

Renault-owned Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer told Sport1: “The fact that Netflix was there certainly contributed to my reluctance to say nothing.”

He said of the presence of the cameras: “Does it create drama that wouldn’t otherwise exist? I don’t know, but I’m sure people will assume it has an impact.

“And maybe so.”

Axed Haas driver Nikita Mazepin said that because Netflix was “trying to make a business” of its involvement in Formula 1, “some uninteresting moments” had to be spiced up.

“I think the job of the editors is very difficult and I certainly don’t envy them,” he told Sport-Express.

“Generally, anything that popularizes sport is a good project, because it is aimed above all at young people.

“Maybe in 10-20 years a young person will not go to a pub to drink beer in the evening after their studies but rather go go-karting. So I think we would say that it is a successful project .”

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