Daniel Ricciardo has praised ‘Drive to Survive’ for making Method 1 “accessible” to a complete totally different fandom – however admitted it has include some modifications.
The Australian driver stated the success of the Netflix collection has turned F1’s fandom away from being a “very area of interest” group of followers as the game’s reputation worldwide continues to growth.
‘Drive to Survive’ started in 2019, with the primary collection reflecting on the 2018 season. Nearly instantly, the collection proved massively common because it launched a brand new viewers to the world of Method 1 with these followers participating with the narrative-driven facet of the present.
Three-and-a-half years on, the present continues to scale new heights – significantly after the on-track dramas of the 2021 season.
Showing on the ‘Your Mother’s Home’ podcast, Ricciardo was requested about his personal reputation exploding as he was one of many stars of the primary season.
He laughed with the present’s hosts Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky as they made off-colour jokes about the advantages of being a grand prix driver and a star of the present earlier than he bought critical concerning the Netflix impact.
“Massively, massively!” he stated when requested whether or not he has seen a change in F1 followers over the previous couple of years.
“It actually has modified drastically because the collection. As a result of it was a really area of interest group of followers that was…F1 is a few individuals’s life. Like, it’s the one sport they love and they’re into.
“However then there’s mainly the remainder of the world following each different sport besides F1.
“It simply wasn’t very accessible for a few years. Even like the easy reality we put on helmets – you couldn’t actually put a face to a reputation.
“So the present simply lets individuals in. Personalities, tales…everybody should buy into that and it makes it appear regular to a point.”
Daniel Ricciardo reaffirms he received’t be on the F1 2023 grid
The hosts then requested Ricciardo about his plans for 2023 because the Australian has eschewed the obvious alternatives he needed to signal offers with different groups after McLaren purchased him out of the ultimate 12 months of his contract.
“I’m not gonna race subsequent 12 months, I’m not gonna race F1,” he stated.
He defined he’s hopeful of discovering a approach again into the game in 2024 as rumours hyperlink him with a possible reserve driver position with a number one workforce like Mercedes or Pink Bull subsequent season.
“My eyes are actually nonetheless set on F1,” he stated.
“However with every little thing that’s gone on, I want the day off. I feel the best way the contracts and every little thing shapes up, I feel 2024 is doubtlessly smarter as nicely for me to set my eyes on that after which get the day off to simply reset and rebuild.”
Ricciardo additionally spoke extra concerning the ‘love/hate’ relationship he has had with the game lately as his kind dipped after becoming a member of McLaren, however stated there are nonetheless loads of issues concerning the sport he loves.
The depth of the competitors – the tiny margins that separate the elite from the merely superb – is a part of what continues to maintain Ricciardo’s fireplace alight, in keeping with himself.
“The loopy factor is sort of a tenth of a second is the margin,” he stated.
“If you happen to say a second is the hole – a second is the distinction between me and also you – it’s an eternity.
“When it comes to the advantageous margins the game works with is insane. For me, nonetheless, the craziest factor concerning the sport is there are 20 of us. That’s it. Twenty drivers on the earth, clearly, in Method 1.”
Has the Netflix impact been an excellent factor?
Whereas F1’s reputation has exploded on account of ‘Drive to Survive’, there may be little argument the change in fandom has had an impact on the tribalistic combating between driver and workforce supporters that has spilled over into social media toxicity and, on the excessive finish, outright hostility and hatred.
Earlier this week, PlanetF1’s Sam Cooper wrote an article addressing how this toxicity has ramped up in latest seasons, whereas newly-crowned F1 World Champion Max Verstappen additionally spoke about how social media hatred is one thing that wants addressing as he branded it “damaging and hurtful”.
This was following Pink Bull’s boycott of Sky F1 after the workforce identified “unbalanced” commentary from broadcaster Ted Kravitz, which resulted within the pundit changing into the main focus of a marketing campaign of abuse on his personal, and Sky’s, social media channels.
Whereas vehement fandoms have existed all through the game’s historical past, the incessant and abhorrent nature of it has escalated in latest seasons – the timing of it being alongside ‘Drive to Survive’ attracting new followers being no coincidence.
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