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Despite the show’s global success, Red Bull boss Christian Horner has admitted he’s winced a few times whilst watching himself back during Netflix’s Drive to Survive.
Horner features heavily in all three seasons of the documentary on Netflix, with insights into his work life in the Formula One paddock and glimpses of his time at home and with his wife, the Spice Girl Geri Horner.
Series three follows the heavily disrupted 2020 season, which started four months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was just 17 races long.
And, speaking ahead of the opening round of the 2021 season in Bahrain, Horner admitted in his column for the team that he didn’t always feel entirely comfortable watching.
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“I am sure you will have seen the trailers, if not binged-watched it already, but the third season of ‘Drive to Survive’ is now on Netflix,” said Horner on RedBull.com.
“I was recently asked if I winced whenever I watched it back. The honest answer is yes, constantly!
“It is a TV show but it is also showing a side of the sport that is not normally conveyed during a conventional weekend broadcast.
“It shows some of the characteristics and some of the personalities, which is presented in a certain way to engage the audience,” Horner added.
“But overall it is very positive for F1 and the popularity seems enormous.
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“My 14-year-old daughter and her friends didn’t have much interest in F1 before the Netflix series, and now they know who all the drivers are!”
With the 2020 season now a very distant memory, 2021 kicks off on Sunday – with the unlikely favourites being Red Bull after setting the fastest time in winter testing.
Seven-time champions Mercedes struggled for much of testing, finishing fifth overall, but Horner says he’s not taking anything for granted.
“At this stage it is good that we have a solid basis from which to develop the car, rather than fixing an inherent problem,” continued Horner.
“Of course, Mercedes are trying to move the spotlight away from themselves, which is all part of the game, but the reality is they are the reigning seven-time world champions and it is down to us to close that gap and put up a fight.
“They had one of their strongest seasons last year and this year’s car is an evolution of that, so let’s see what we all have in Bahrain and the rest will follow.”
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