‘Formula 1: Drive To Survive’ Will Return In 2022

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This week, Formula 1 has returned after its three-week summer break for the Belgian Grand Prix. There have been a number of announcements made in recent days – Fernando Alonso will be staying at Alpine next year, Sergio Perez will remain with Red Bull for another season, and the most exciting revelation of all: Formula 1: Drive To Survive will return to Netflix in 2022 for its fourth season.

Season 3 of the docuseries, which aired back in March 2021, proved to be a huge hit with long-term Formula 1 fans, who were delighted to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes action of the sport. However, the show’s audience even extended to those who were unfamiliar with the sport, allowing a surge of new fans to experience the excitement of motorsport for the first time. This contributed to the series winning a Bafta TV Craft Award and a Telly Award this year.

The close championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton has transformed 2021 into one of the most gripping and uncertain Formula 1 seasons in recent history of the sport. It seems likely that Season 4 of Drive To Survive will focus on this intense battle between two of the world’s best drivers.

Another huge talking point recently has been Mercedes’ second seat for 2022. There is ongoing debate about whether the team will keep Valtteri Bottas or take a chance on Williams’ George Russell. This would be a great situation for Drive To Survive to delve into, hopefully capturing some of the potential drama behind closed doors that fans of the sport are unable to witness otherwise.  

Fans of the show might have quite a long wait until Season 4 airs. The Formula 1 championship is set to conclude at Abu Dhabi on 12 December 2021, and Drive To Survive usually premieres on Netflix in March, so it is predicted that Season 4 will air in March 2022. Based on previous seasons, it can also be assumed that Season 4 will feature ten episodes. Even though little information is known at present, it seems inevitable that Season 4 will continue to match the success that the show has seen since it first aired in 2019.

Words by Gemma Cockrell

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