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Ricciardo criticizes Netflix, F1 on “forced” drama

Motorsport, Formula One World Championship, Bahrain Grand Prix, Paddock arrival: McLaren F1 Team’s Daniel Ricciardo. Photo: Hasan Bratic/dpa (Photo by Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has criticized Netflix and Formula 1 for producing ‘fake’ drama, which involved an ‘inexistent’ rivalry between him and Carlos Sainz on season two of Drive to Survive.

Netflix’s docu-series about Formula 1, Drive to Survive, has received mild criticism from the paddock due to the series showcasing rivalries and drama that are inexistent or less serious than shown.

In an interview with Square Mile, Daniel Ricciardo commented about a ‘forced’ rivalry between him and Carlos Sainz, which was featured in the series.

“I mean the second season, there were some episodes or parts where I feel they forced it a little bit.

“They tried to create a bit of a rivalry between me and Sainz and it wasn’t really there. Like, he’s no more rival than anyone else. There wasn’t any personal grudge with him, but I think [Netflix] wanted something, so a lot of questions led with asking about Carlos.

“Maybe no one noticed, but for me, I was like, he’s fine. I’ve probably got other guys that I dislike, you know, as opposed to Carlos… I mean, he dresses like a 60 years old, but otherwise he’s alright.”

Ricciardo also commented on the way Formula 1 is managing its entertainment side; the Australian criticized the sport for highlighting 8 crashes from the 2020 season as ‘top moments of the year.’

“I think last year, F1 put on their social media channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of them were crashes.

“I was just like, you guys are [expletive] idiots. Maybe a 12-year-old kid wants to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids.

“Just do better guys. Do better than that,” Ricciardo concluded on the topic.

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