According to the Routers news page, Max Verstappen is ready to return to the Netflix series: Drive to Survive. But it wouldn't be Max Verstappen if he didn't have a special request. It was reported that Max Verstappen agreed to appear again in the Netflix series, but there were conditions.
It's no secret that Max Verstappen doesn't want to appear again in the Netflix documentary series: Drive to Survive. Netflix was accused of creating rivalries between racers and also using racer radio commentary and out-of-context.
After his first appearance in the first season, it seems that Max Verstappen doesn't like the created rivalry. One of them is when he is faced with the figure of Daniel Ricciardo in the film, it is seen that Verstappen seems to be hostile to Daniel.
In fact, the two drivers have a very good relationship, even after Daniel changed teams, the two of them still often do activities together and joke with each other on the side of the track.
"That's all I'm asking for. That's it just more realistic, at least from my side," -Max Verstappen.
Max Verstappen Has Met Netflix Producer, Here's What They Talked About
Max Verstappen is said to have met with Netflix producers before the British GP. Max explained that he had met with Netflix and explained his opinion about the Netflix series that had been released.
He gave his opinion about what was not right in the film or even made up. The meeting also seemed very fast and not long-winded. Max explained that the meeting was very positive as well as brief.
I just sat together with them and I explained how I thought about it and what I thought went wrong in the past and it was actually a very good, quick little chat and we'll try to improve from there, -Max Verstappen.
Max Verstappen also explained that he doesn't care what Netflix shows about other drivers. Max emphasized that at least he wanted to have some control over him. And it seems that Netflix agrees.
"I cannot control, of course, what they do with other drivers, but at least I want to be in control with what I'm releasing. That's what we're going to do." - Max Verstappen
Verstappen Aware of Netflix's Effects
After the first season of the Drive to Survive series, Formula 1 immediately gained substantial additional popularity. Many new fans are starting to follow Formula 1 racing either directly to the circuit or by watching on television.
The cost of watching F1 races is not free, in Indonesia alone to be able to watch Formula 1 races on-demand, we have to subscribe to the most expensive package at a local cable TV service provider. This shows that Formula 1 broadcasting rights are more expensive than EPL (English Premiere League) broadcasting rights.
I hope, of course, that it's going to be good, because I also understand that Netflix really helped a lot for the popularity, especially in the U.S., and I don't mind playing a role in that but it needs to be good for both of us. -Max Verstappen
Stefano Domenicali: A lot of new younger fans
On a different occasion, the CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, also acknowledged that the Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive had a very positive impact on the popularity of F1, especially among young people.
Stefano gives a signal that he also doesn't want this series to show drama or rivalry that is actually normal among racers or between teams. Stefano wants Netflix to continue to present narratives that are in accordance with the facts.
"'Drive to Survive' has played a key role in drawing new, younger fans to the sport, bringing a surge of popularity in the previously hard-to-crack American market." - Stefano Domenicali
Previously, the Netflix series Drive to Survive was criticized for being accused of creating rivalries between racers and picking up conversations and comments on racer radio that had nothing to do with what was happening on the show.