Netflix will produce a Formula 1 docu-series of the 2018 season as part of a year-long collaboration, it has been announced.
With a production team attending all races but largely focusing on ten specific events, Netflix has commissioned ten episodes that are scheduled to air in early 2019. Filming has already been taking place at preseason testing and at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, with F1 announcing that “the series will have unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team.”
Red Bull and Haas are the teams being filmed this weekend.
The Netflix original series will be executive produced by Academy Award winner James Gay Rees (“Senna”) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films, with F1 managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches saying the collaboration will provide a unique view of the sport.
“Formula 1 is a global sport that we are actively repositioning from a motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand,” Bratches said. “The agreement with Netflix serves to chronicle the fascinating story of what transpires behind the scenes during a grand prix season.
“This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world. This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans.”
Ian Holmes, director of media rights, says the series will provide a platform from which to try and appeal to new fans.
“We are delighted to welcome a Netflix Original to Formula 1, a brand which has screened so many successful productions,” Holmes said. “This collaboration represents a new way of capturing our sport in all of its exciting aspects. There is nothing like F1, its layers of engineering complexity, allied to the enormity of human endeavor required to get through a Grand Prix season.
“The chance to present our sport through Netflix, to their worldwide audience, in an original and unique format, is something that we are very much looking forward to. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase F1 and attract new fans to the sport.”
Earlier this year, McLaren released an Amazon Prime documentary titled “Grand Prix Driver,” showcasing its 2017 preseason.