Tim.Wright wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:20 pm
The problem I have with this series is that likely 95% of what you have "understood" has been faked by Netflix using deliberately misleading cuts of audio and video to create sequences that never happened. Really trashy stuff. And it's categoriesed on Netflix as a "Documentary". It needs a disclaimer at the start stating some of the sequences seen never actually happened.
I don't necessarily find this particularly bad. The "ethos" of what they are representing isn't far off the truth - maybe it's being bent a little here and there (the stuff you are calling out to be fake, which it is) but overall, it's conveying what happened fairly well.
What I particularly love about the series is that it massively humanizes the sport to a degree where even I as a *hardcore fan* am finding insides that were unknown to me. For example; As a Hamilton fan, I tend to focus more on the Mercedes/Hamilton news and perhaps the drivers he is in close contention with (Vettel, Verstappen, Leclerc, RedBull, Ferrari etc). But I've never really thought much about who is part of Haas, the faces and people behind the team etc. Thanks to this series, I have greatly appreciated the insight to many drivers I never cared about (Sainz for example).
Another plus, as others have mentioned, is that the series is very attractive to watch for people who don't spend most of their free time debating in F1 topics after races.
Possibly the best thing about the series IMO is that they are focusing within their narratives on the challenges that should count more. Yes, Hamilton and Mercedes has dominated F1 for pretty much the past 6 years, but people forget about the smaller battles that are just as valid and exciting - i.e. the battle between team-mates, the battle between Haas and their rivals, Renault and the pressure they face in securing position 4 in the championship and justify the money being poured into the team. Even if the winner of most races has been either a Mercedes, RedBull or Ferrari driver - there's still more than two thirds of a remaining grid of cars that are fighting for points and their existence in F1. Even as a Mercedes fan, I appreciate that the narratives are set around the smaller teams.