Netflix not showing the full picture: "We are not enemies"

15-03-2020 09:16
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
F1 News
Netflix not showing the full picture: We are not enemies

Haas and Kevin Magnussen got a lot of screentime on the second series of Netflix's F1 documentary 'Drive to Survive', but the Dane wasn't happy with how the relationship between himself and teammate Romain Grosjean was portrayed.

As was the case in the first season of the series, Haas were heavily featured once again at the start of season two. Their very good start of the season and the way their form fell off a cliff as the year progressed was all very well documented, with the Rich Energy saga also featuring.

Magnussen and Grosjean and their clashes on the track were also shown, but their relationship was framed in a way which is not truthful as Magnussen insists he gets along very well with the Frenchman off the track.

"We have a good relationship, in fact," Magnussen told Danish medium BT Sport

"We talk between races, with his wife as well and I get along well with his kids. It's not right to think Romain and I are enemies."

Spending time together

With F1 cancelled for the next two months, Magnussen and Grosjean are even making plans to spend some time together as they have very similar hobbies.

"Romain is a kitesurfer and I love sailing. We're going to do something together because we both enjoy it. It could also help to remove the image that we hate each other." 

Magnussen thinks Netflix zoomed in too much on the few times himself and Grosjean touched on track, with team principal Guenther Steiner's subsequent rants also getting air-time.

"That's how sports are. You also yell at each other in a football team, but when the game's over, when the shoes are taken off and you're on the team bus, it's completely different."

Netflix not showing the full picture

The 27-year-old is not all negative about Drive to Survive, but hopes the viewers understand what you see in the documentary does not tell the full story.

"Netflix captured those moments where we've just taken off our helmets, and they've done so in a perfectly fine way as it shows how Formula 1 can be. 

"At the same time, however, I hope the audience understands Formula 1 isn't just what you see on Netflix. There are highs and lows, and those are the most exciting moments, but you don't see everything in between."

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