Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for season six of Drive to Survive, with all episodes due to be made available on February 23, 2024 — the final day of pre-season testing and one week ahead of the new season opener in Bahrain.
It could mark the final appearances of Guenther Steiner, the Haas boss who became a breakout star thanks to the F1 docudrama’s depiction of his sweary interactions with drivers. Steiner is leaving the team with immediate effect and may not be in the paddock at all in 2024.
Both he, Lando Norris, Nyck de Vries, Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll all appear in the trailer, suggesting storylines may be based around those main protagonists.
The latest instalment of the smash hit Drive to Survive series, which has played a key role in the expansion of F1 in the US, will aim to capture the best moments of the 2023 season, with a behind-the-garage door look at the teams and drivers.
The season itself delivered mostly a barrage of repetitive results due to the overwhelming dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull‘s RB19. But if past series are any indication, Netflix often finds a way to spin a story, and there were multiple threads to follow over the course of the year.
When is Drive to Survive Season 6 released? What time?
Drive to Survive Season 6 will come out on Friday 23 February, with all the episodes likely to be available just after 8am.
Similarly to last year, the series will drop during F1’s preseason testing so fans will be able to switch between the live coverage from Sakhir and the the world championship’s latest Netflix portrayal.
Similar to last year’s schedule, a teaser trailer has now been released in anticipation of the latest instalment.
How is Drive to Survive made?
Embedded within the teams themselves, Netflix crews are often able to get closer to the action than anyone else, giving viewers an immersive feel of what it’s like to be at motor sport’s top echelon. Filming takes place at each race, where the focus is typically on one of the teams.
Teams and DtS production company Box to Box Films agree in advance where camera crews will be embedded for each race weekend, and also discuss what storylines they are likely to follow. Key figures wear radio microphones during the weekend, and the crew can also be seen with overhead boom mics, capturing footage elsewhere.
Teams then get first viewing on material which involves them, in case they might want to seriously oppose any of it being used. While the approach does offer unique and otherwise unseen insights, it does leave viewers wondering how much was not filmed or unused.
Who is filming Drive to Survive Season 6?
Box to Box Films is the company behind Drive to Survive, headed by executive producer Paul Martin.
Having produced successful films on Ayrton Senna, Diego Maradona and Amy Winehouse, the production company has also released DtS‘s tennis equivalent Break Point and its golf accompaniment Full Swing.
The series follows a similar production aesthetic to those above, while sticking and choosing what to include to better each episodes narrative — for better and for worse.
Will Max Verstappen be in Drive to Survive Season 6?
Max Verstappen will feature in DtS’s sixth season after a continued agreement with producers which ensures that the show maintains a “realistic image” of who the Dutchman really is. The reigning world champion was unhappy about how he was portrayed in season three of the series, so decided not to participate in season four. But after a meeting with producers, Verstappen will seemingly be included for the foreseeable future.
“I understand in general that when you create a show there needs to be drama and it needs to be exciting,” he said. “But I’m a guy who thinks it’s also important that you are portrayed well, and not start to have comments put under different footage, when it didn’t happen like that.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner supported his driver, but also understood what Netflix and F1 are trying to achieve. “Of course they’re making a TV show, so they’ll create a narrative,” he told the Financial Times. “They’ll portray you sometimes as the baddie, sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes you’re both in one episode. But the effect that it’s had on the sport has just been insane.”
What could be in Drive to Survive Season 6?
Although the official subjects for the sixth iteration of Netflix’s hit F1 series have not yet been revealed, the 2023 F1 season certainly gave producers a few options to choose from. From on-track drama in Singapore, to off-track arguments at Alpine, here’s are some events that could be in DtS season six:
AlphaTauri proved to be centre of all driver changes in 2023, as the Red Bull sister team featured three different driver pairings in just 22 rounds of racing. But the return of Daniel Ricciardo, who replaced the underperforming Nyck de Vries will perhaps be the storyline Netflix chooses to focus on. The Aussie has proven to be a favourite among many DtS watchers and even some producers who suggested the show “wouldn’t have existed without him”. His journey back to the grid after being ousted by McLaren in 2022 could certainly hit the docudrama nail on the head.