This Year's Formula One World Championship is Getting Its Own Docu-Series
We suppose it was just a matter of time before Formula One got its own Netflix show. The streaming platform is reportedly gunning for 700 shows in 2018, which suggests that they're casting a wide net in terms of content. That they've partnered up with the most prestigious, most lucrative league of motorsports in the world is perhaps inevitable, but no less exciting.
In a press release, Netflix announced an exclusive collaboration with F1 that will span the length of the 2018 season of the Formula One World Championship. The partnership will culminate in 2019 with a 10-episode docu-series that will "immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula One." Anyone who's even remotely interested in motorsports should already be signing up for alerts—this could be the behind-the-scenes documentary series you've been waiting for.
Netflix has described the show further as having "unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula One’s own management team," allowing the production to "reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business."
At the helm as executive producer is James Gay-Rees, who was also the producer of the critically acclaimed Ayrton Senna biopic, Senna. Given how gripping, intimate, and illuminating Senna was, it's reassuring to know that Gay-Rees could help steer Netflix's production in the right way.
The 2018 season of the Formula One World Championship begins on March 25, with the Australian Grand Prix, and runs through the year until November 25, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The yet-untitled series is slated for a 2019 release.