Netflix has confirmed the release date for the upcoming season of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive.”
The sixth season of the F1 docuseries will be released on Feb. 23, coinciding with the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Netflix has traditionally dropped each series on the eve of the new season, with this year’s release coming eight days before the curtain-lifting Bahrain Grand Prix.
What to expect from “Drive to Survive” season six
Precise details on what season six of “Drive to Survive” will cover are light, but cameras were present at every grand prix through the 2023 season.
Crew members from Box to Box Films, which produces “Drive to Survive,” would embed with particular teams over race weekends, catching plenty of footage that could shed new light on significant storylines.
As one of the most-profiled drivers through the first five seasons, Daniel Ricciardo’s shock return with AlphaTauri will surely be one of the major storylines through season six. The Australian’s struggles and eventual exit from McLaren were a big part of season five.
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It would also make Nyck de Vries’ rough start to life in F1, which ultimately led to his mid-season exit and replacement by Ricciardo, another obvious line of narrative. But season six is not expected to cover Guenther Steiner’s sudden departure from Haas at the start of this year, given how late the news arrived in the production and editing process.
Other major stories through 2023 that will likely feature include Max Verstappen’s record-breaking domination, Fernando Alonso’s success with Aston Martin, and Oscar Piastri’s impressive start to life in F1 after the contract saga profiled through season five.
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So far, only the release date for the new season has been confirmed by Netflix. The official trailer for last year’s series, released on Feb. 24, only dropped eight days before the 10-episode season was fully released.
F1 and Netflix are yet to confirm any plans for “Drive to Survive” beyond the sixth season.
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