Formula 1: Drive To Survive – Episode 2, Back On Track

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13th March 2021
    

After The Stall, Engines Are Go

After the stalled start to the 2020 season in episode one of Drive To Survive, Netflix keep the cameras rolling and we head back to the races with the Austrian Grand Prix.

They run-through a general catch-up with various teams and drivers before heading straight to the track for the Friday free practice session.

It is here that we get the first glimpse of the Mercedes controversial (to some) DAS system. This sees the steering wheel of the two Merc cars move backwards and forwards which, in turn, changes the camber of the wheels.

The idea is to put more heat into the tyres, keeping them warmer during slow periods and hopefully giving Mercedes an advantage.

The system only adds to the rivalry, Netflix tries to make a big deal of, between Mercedes team principle Toto Wolff and his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner.

In reality it appears less of a rivalry than I think Netflix would have liked. Something more akin to friends ribbing each other and some back and forth, not much in it.

Anyway, inevitably Red Bull protest at the DAS system which goes nowhere other than seeing it being banned for future seasons.

During the qualifying for the first race there is more controversy as it appears Lewis Hamilton fails to slow-down for a yellow flag after his teammate Valtteri Bottas leaves the track.

Red Bull find footage that the FIA/stewards haven’t looked at that shows Hamilton should have seen the yellow and, therefore, should have slowed down and he is hit with a grid penalty, dropping him to fifth.

This doesn’t really make a difference as Max Verstappen doesn’t finish, retiring due to mechanical issues, and Alex Albon, despite making a great late comeback to catch the Mercs, is ultimately punted off (again) by Hamilton in the final laps of the race.

The stewards give Hamilton a five second penalty which leaves fourth place man Lando Norris with one and half laps to make up 6.5 seconds on the fastest cars on the track.

Amazingly he does it, setting the fastest lap on the final lap he comes in just 0.2 seconds under and grabs his first podium.

It’s a thrilling start to the season, which is lucky for a behind the scenes team. They capture it all wonderfully with plenty of “f*ck me” under the breath moments from various team principle’s and drivers.

THE QUICK SELL
After the stalled start to the 2020 season in episode one of Drive To Survive, Netflix keep the cameras rolling and we head back to the races with the Austrian Grand Prix.

RELEASE DATE
19th March 2021

DIRECTED BY
Nick Hardie, James Routh

Running Time:
40mins

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