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Brown: No concerns over “creative license” despite Netflix’s misrepresentation

Motorsport, Formula 1 World Championship, Bahrain Grand Prix, Arrival of the drivers in the paddock: Managing Director Zak Brown of the McLaren Formula 1 team. Photo: Hasan Bratic/dpa (Photo by Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Zak Brown believes Netflix’s Drive to Survive series helps the sport in getting a broader worldwide audience, expressing no concerns about their “creative license.”

Netflix’s Drive to Survive is a series following the Formula 1 Championship from a behind-the-scenes team perspective, covering drama that unfolds internally and the relationships between the drivers and team directors.

“With DTS [Drive to Survive] what you have to remember unlike [live broadcast] it’s more of a TV show rather than an in-depth look at the sport,” Brown told Sky.

“Off the back of it, we’ve brought in exciting new sponsors and partners, one of which – Oracle – we’ve introduced and announced this weekend. I think it’s a positive thing for F1, it’s a new audience that it brings to the sport.”

Despite of that, Brown highlighted that a show like DTS on Netflix dramatizes situations more than they are just for the sake of entertainment, claiming people in the paddock would recognize such situations. He also pointed towards Netflix’s representation of Norris’ and Sainz’s relationship, saying it was shown more fraught than it actually was.

“Of course, all of us living in the sport know that Carlos and Lanzo have a great relationship and there wasn’t kind of the tension portrayed there. But I think any time you get into a television show, they’re going to create some entertainment that we all within the paddock know maybe wasn’t quite like that.

“But I think that’s okay. And I think what’s most important is some wonderful things to bring in new fans around the world. So we’re very supportive of Netflix and what they’re trying to accomplish, even if they take a little bit of creative licence here and there,” he concluded.

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