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F1 Drive to Survive Season 3 will hit our screens in March

Formula One fans, rejoice! The new season is so nearly upon us and this year results in double excitement, with the latest series of Netflix’s behind-the-scenes documentary series set to drop before the F1 season opening race.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, crews were able to continue filming drivers and teams throughout the 2020 season and after months of waiting, they are set to release the next drama-filled season to our screens.

Produced by James Gay Rees and Paul Martin of Box to Box Films, the previous two seasons have proved to be a huge success and we're confident the third will be no different. 

When is Drive to Survive Season 3 out?

Netflix has confirmed that Series 3 of Drive to Survive will be released on March 19, just before the first race of the 2021 season in Bahrain.

It is slightly later than some of the dates that had been rumoured, but the third season has been long-awaited and promises to be a very special watch.

F1TV presenter Will Buxton, who features throughout the Netflix series, recently spoke of his excitement for Season 3 and said he believes it is the best one yet.

With anticipation rising and so much to look forward to, we have picked out some of the biggest storylines that fans must see covered in Season 3.


Gasly’s dramatic Monza win

The 2020 Italian Grand Prix was drama personified and it accumulated in a maiden F1 win for AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly.

Red flags, a double DNF for Ferrari and penalties - this race had it all. It looked like it was going to be a routine victory for Lewis Hamilton but a 10-second stop-go penalty for entering a closed pit lane saw him drop from the top of the pack all the way to the back of the grid before eventually finishing seventh.

This allowed Gasly and McClaren’s Carlos Sainz to fight it out for their first-ever victories in F1 and it was the Frenchman who shocked the grid, putting in a brilliant drive to hold off late pressure from the Spaniard.

There were emotional scenes on the podium, with poignant pictures of Gasly taking a moment to remember his good friend, the late Anthoine Hubert.

Gasly’s rise and fall at Red Bull were huge storylines in the previous two seasons, so this feels like the perfect way to summarise the brilliant form he showed during the 2020 season.


Hamilton winning title no.7

Lewis Hamilton was very much on the periphery during seasons one and two, with much of the focus going to the midfield teams like Haas and Renault.

In truth, Hamilton and Mercedes barely featured at all. However, the Brit made history in 2020, securing the most race wins in Formula One history and winning his seventh Formula 1 title.

The Silver Arrows and Hamilton are expected to feature more prominently in season three and the behind-the-scenes footage of his famous title win will be a must-watch.

Hamilton recorded his 92nd race win in a dramatic Portuguese Grand Prix, while Mercedes secured their seventh Constructors title at the Emilia-Romagna GP.

If the Netflix cameras can shine more light on the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at Mercedes it will only further highlight their brilliance as they continue to dominate the sport.

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Grosjean’s fiery crash

The 2020 F1 season came to an end on something of a sour note when Romain Grosjean was involved in one of the worst crashes in the sport’s recent history.

In one of the final few races of the season, the Frenchman lost control during the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix and drove straight into the safety barriers at 137mph. Grosjean’s car exploded into a ball of fire and split in two as it pierced through the protective barrier.

Fortunately, Grosjean walked away with just burns to his hands thanks to the intervention of the halo. It was an incident that sent shockwaves through the sport, as only a few years ago, without the halo, it may not have ended so well for the Haas driver.

Producers of the series Box To Box Films have already revealed on social media that the crash is set to feature and it promises to be an emotional watch.

*Video contains footage of Grosjean’s crash that some viewers may find distressing


Vettel’s unhappy divorce with Ferrari

One of the stories that dominated the 2020 season was Sebastian Vettel’s future. It was confirmed that Sainz would be moving to the Scuderia for 2021, but there was no word on where Vettel would be driving next until the latter stages of the season.

This resulted in a rather unhappy season for Vettel at Ferrari, where he underperformed in a poor car, while partner Charles Leclerc did his best to squeeze the very best out of the prancing horse.

Both Vettel and Ferrari would have hoped for more from the 2020 season, with the once-dominant Italian outfit struggling as a midfield runner rather than challenging at the very top.


Hulkenberg's last-minute Racing Point call

One of the more bizarre stories of the 2020 season came at the Eifel GP, where Nico Hulkenberg was called in at the last minute to replace Lance Stroll, who missed out through COVID.

Hulkenberg revealed he was skiing in Cologne on the Friday night before qualifying, but he was swooped in for the Saturday morning session and even managed to finish eighth at the Nurburgring on the Sunday.

It was a tremendous effort from the German as he reminded everyone why so many believe he deserves a place on the grid. If the Netflix cameras caught what must have been a logistical nightmare for Racing Point, it would make for incredible viewing to see just how they managed to make it all happen in what would have been a race against the clock.


Ricciardo's evolution at Renault

The career of Daniel Ricciardo was a huge feature of seasons one and two, where he left Red Bull for Renault.

Since then we have seem him go on to flourish at Renault (now Alpine) and record a memorable podium at the Eifel Grand Prix. Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul had promised to get a tattoo of the driver's choice when either Ricciardo or Esteban Ocon secured Renault's first podium finish following their return to the sport.

We’re yet to see the outcome of said tattoo, but Cyril is a man of his words and Ricciardo is confident he’ll be getting the ink soon enough.

Ricciardo is on the move again and will join up with McClaren for the 2021 season. It was a decision that caught some off guard at the time, so hearing the Aussie’s thoughts on his career path could provide valuable insight into why he chose to make the move.

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George Russell, Mercedes and that Sakhir mix-up 

When Lewis Hamilton caught COVID-19 late in the season, it provided Mercedes with the perfect opportunity to test out former Silver Arrows youth product George Russell, who stepped up from Williams to replace the world champion for a one-off race.

It was a dramatic and emotional rollercoaster during the Sakhir Grand Prix, with Russell afforded just a few days to get to grips with the car before Sunday’s race.

Russell handled the race perfectly, outperforming partner Valtteri Bottas confidently. He looked poised to secure not only his first points in F1 but a maiden victory too. However, a tyre-mix up saw Mercedes blow their chance of what should have been a race win.

A radio fault saw Russell come into the pits and leave with two of Bottas’ tyres as Mercedes tried to double stack their drivers. Despite many believing Russell had done enough for the win, it was Sergio Perez who came home in first place.

Mercedes claim that Netflix were not filming with them specifically over the course of that weekend, but it could make for some interesting viewing if they did catch any of the pit-lane action.

It was a costly mistake but seeing Russell drive for Mercedes gave supporters an insight into the future of F1. It was also a weekend that summarised the freak nature of the 2020 season perfectly and we hope that emotion plays out on our screens as well. 

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