Verstappen says he will continue to shun Netflix for 'Drive to Survive'

Season Four of the docu-series debuts on Friday on the streaming service but the Red Bull driver told reporters during testing in Bahrain that the story remained the same as far as he was concerned.

Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 10, 2022.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Formula One world champion Max Verstappen refused to cooperate with Netflix's popular 'Drive to Survive' docu-series last year and the Dutchman has not changed his mind for 2022.

Season Four of the series debuts on Friday on the streaming service but the Red Bull driver told reporters during testing in Bahrain that the story remained the same as far as he was concerned.

"I won't change my mind," said the 24-year-old. "I think that was already ruined after Season One. I think I'm quite a down to earth guy and I just want it to be facts and don't hype it up.

"I understand of course it needs to be like that for Netflix and most people like that... it's just not my thing.

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"I'll probably watch it and see how nicely over the top it is and then just continue with my life and I'll probably watch some other documentaries on Netflix."

Verstappen said last year that he was snubbing the series because it was 'faked' and rivalries exaggerated for entertainment.

Drive to Survive has been credited as a big factor in fuelling the sport's growth, in the United States particularly, by appealing to younger audiences and those new to the sport.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has taken a starring role after a 2021 season that highlighted his fierce rivalry with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

Verstappen beat Mercedes' seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to the drivers' title after a controversial final race in Abu Dhabi.

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