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The human focus that Drive to Survive believes is a winning formula

As the Netflix Formula 1 show starts its sixth season, BEN EDWARDS speaks to one of its key players to uncover why the series has been such a success

As interest in a new F1 season ramps up, it’s the perfect time to go behind the scenes to last year’s record-breaking championship. Season 6 of Drive To Survive is ‘dropping’ on Netflix thanks to production company Box to Box Films and its team of producers, editors and experts. Many of those involved have learned about F1 by working on the series but co-executive producer Tom Rogers, who was engaged from the beginning in 2017, carries his own faithful memories of camping at Silverstone as a kid and developing his passion many years ago.

The success of the series has led to a growing fanbase around the world, yet there were some tricky aspects when filming began – including two of the top teams declining access. Rogers explains: “The reality of a show like this is that it requires an enormous leap of faith for everyone involved, especially being a sport like F1 with its history; it’s naturally a very secretive world. There’s so much competitive advantage that could be gained by just seeing a little bit of a car that’s normally hidden. At that point Mercedes and Ferrari probably had most to lose by taking part and some of the other teams saw more of an upside and less of a risk.”

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