Netflix Commits to a Fourth Season of ‘Drive to Survive’

Formula 1 has confirmed that a fourth season of its popular Drive To Survive docuseries is in the pipeline.

Formula 1’s owners, Liberty Media, was keen to explore new markets for the championship and subsequently signed a deal with Netflix over a documentary that charted a Formula 1 campaign.

The first was shot through 2018 and premiered ahead of the 2019 season—and was immediately popular with both existing fans while also drawing new spectators to the sport. Subsequent seasons have covered behind-the-scenes action and insight from 2019 and 2020, including driver changes, political arguments between teams, and the impact of the pandemic.

The respective crews have already been filming in the paddock through the 2021 season and on Thursday a fourth season was duly confirmed.

It is expected to be released in March 2022, ahead of the start of next year’s season.

But while Formula 1 fans have to wait another six or so months for Drive To Survive, a documentary on the career of Michael Schumacher will be released in the coming weeks. Titled Schumacher the documentary has been undertaken with the approval of the Schumacher family, and will be out on September 15.

“Well obviously I think that it’s going to be a very emotional documentary for many people,” said Schumacher’s son, Mick, who races in Formula 1 with Haas.

“It has brought a lot of people into the sport but for a lot of people, when they were growing up, they watched my dad, so it’s been very emotional to see it.

“The best thing I could say is for everybody to have a look at it, just watch it and experience it for themselves because I don’t really want to, let’s say, spoil too much.”

This weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix also marks the 30th anniversary of Michael’s Formula 1 debut, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, a venue where he also claimed his maiden victory in 1992.

“I’m driving in Formula 1 myself and that’s 30 years after my dad made his debut,” said Mick Schumacher at Spa on Thursday. “It’s a really special moment for me and my family, so very happy to be here and put my mark on that special track too.”

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