'Please don't tell me Romain's crashed': what we learned about F1's Netflix series

Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a 10-episode Netflix series, a behind-the-scenes documentary that at its launch earlier this year promised to give “exclusive and intimate access to the greatest racing championship in the world”.

Designed for both die-hard fans and newcomers to the sport, it’s a fly-on-the-wall experience spotlighting the drama and politics in F1.

But just how far behind the scenes did it actually go?

It’s like a Premier League documentary without the top six

A problem with the series from the outset is that the sport’s two top teams, Ferrari and Mercedes, declined to be involved.

That’s clearly disappointing, since the rivalry between them is one of the biggest focus points in the sport.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the team’s involvement in the documentary would have been a distraction, “especially also if our main competitor was not doing it”.

Could Ferrari and Mercedes not just have sat down and agreed to get involved and each be equally distracted?

This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk – ‘Please don’t tell me Romain’s crashed’: what we learned about F1’s Netflix series