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World champion Max Verstappen has agreed to end his boycott of the hit Netflix series Drive to Survive.
The popular show, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at F1 and its stars, has been credited with boosting the sport’s profile, particularly in America. But one of F1’s biggest names has declined to take part since appearing in series one.
Verstappen has accused the programme’s makers of exaggerating storylines and casting certain drivers in a negative light. For example, the Dutch driver wasn’t happy with its portrayal of friend Lando Norris in series four, which focused on the dramatic 2021 season.
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“They try to pick moments throughout the season and fabricate it in a way," said Verstappen earlier this year. “For me, personally, what I didn’t like was about Lando and Daniel [Ricciardo]. I think they are two great guys, really nice first of all, and they made it look like Lando was a bit of a d***, which he isn't at all.”
Verstappen has since held clear-the-air talks with the Drive to Survive producers and has agreed to be interviewed for the next season, which is being filmed at present and will broadcast early next year. However, he has insisted on seeing the finished product before it is broadcast to the world.
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“I sat together with them and we talked about it, and I said what I thought went wrong in the past,” he said ahead of the British Grand Prix. “It was actually a very good quick little chat and we will try to improve from there so you can have a bit more say in how you are going to be portrayed instead of giving an interview and not knowing what is going to be done with it and the way they put it into the show.
“And that is all I’m asking for, realistically, at least from my side. I cannot control, of course, what they do with other drivers but at least I want to be in control of what we are releasing and that is what we are going to do.
“I hope, of course, it is going to be good because I also understand that Netflix really helped for the popularity of F1 in the US and I don’t mind playing a role in that, but it needs to be good for both of us.”
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