5 things fans need to see in Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3

during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photograph by Vladimir Rys)
during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photograph by Vladimir Rys) /

It’s been almost a year since the last installment of Netflix’s docuseries with unparalleled access to the world of F1 racing, and fans everywhere are very eager to see what’s in store for subscribers when Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3 races onto the streaming service.

It’s no secret that there was an ample amount of game-changing events that occurred this pasts season in Formula 1, and there so many memorable affairs that it will be interesting to see what the Netflix documentary series covers when it arrives. The pandemic put the entire ordeal in question when the season was delayed significantly only to triumphantly return and, along with it, hopes for Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3 to stay alive.

Out of all the pulse-pounding, high octane action that took place this past year in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of F1, here are some of the greatest hits fans would like to see in Formula 1 season 3.

What to expect in Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3

1. Pierre Gasly’s unexpected first place win at Monza

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, who was dropped by Red Bull last year, claimed an unlikely win at the Italian Grand Prix in what can only be described as a thrilling race that Formula 1 fans on the edge of their seat witnessing the unexpected. The victory was the first-ever in F1, and the 24-year-old Frenchman was able to defeat world champion Lewis Hamilton who seemed like he has the race in the bag.

But the Mercedes driver was given a penalty that Pierre took full advantage of, ending up on the podium. Gasly had this to say about the epic endeavor.

This cinderella story would be an ideal event for Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3 to cover. Gasly wasn’t the only one that made headlines as Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll joined the winner on the podium, with none having won a race prior to this, and this being the second time they made it to the winner’s circle. Seeing the behind-the-scenes action of this exceptional day and its aftermath would be one episode Formula 1 fans will not want to miss.

2. Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash

One harrowing ordeal that took place this past season was a scary moment that shook the world and resulted in an experienced driver making his way to IndyCar away from F1 for the next season. French racer Romain Grosjean survived what can only be described as a very dangerous fiery crash that did not look good by any means. The fact that the Formula 1 driver was able to emerge from the deadly inferno and walk away from the incident.

This was a nasty moment in the sport that came at a time when everyone figured F1 had become safer for drivers. If Formula 1 season 3 is able to get any unseen coverage or unaired moments from the Bahrain GP incident, the Netflix original docuseries would really live up to its name and show subscribers what it really takes to Drive to Survive.

3. Mercedes tire mix-up at Sakhir Grand Prix

This was one of the biggest “heartbreaker” moments of the last Formula 1 season, mostly for Mercedes and George Russell, who was standing in for Lewis Hamilton, who was in isolation due to COVID-19. Russell looked poised for victory lane leading the race until about halfway when a tire mixup in the pit that can only be described as a next-level facepalm move cost Mercedes a win.

The pit crew was double stacking the tires for a quick change on both Russell’s car and his teammate Valtteri Bottas which resulted in the wrong tires going on the wrong car. The miscommunication by the usually on-point crew forced Russell to pit again, costing him the lead with the race eventually being won by Sergio Perez. This blunder delivers a second look, especially an up close and personal one from Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3 to see how the team bounces back from this unfortunate occurrence.

4. Nico Hulkenberg’s run with Racing Pointe

One story that definitely deserves a closer look in Formula 1 season 3 is Nico Hulkenberg’s adventurous run with Racing Point. With his hopes of returning to F1 looking slim, Hulkenberg was surprised to get the call to take over for Sergio Perez after he received a positive test for COVID-19. He came in with little preparation for the team’s newly designed car and had to rely solely on simulators.

Despite several setbacks, Hulkenberg ended up having successful results at Silverstone and the Eifel GP. Let’s just hope the cameras from Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3 were able to keep up with all the action and excitement that Racing Point and Hulkereneberger were experiencing so fans of the enthralling docuseries can get a front-row seat to it all.

5. Lewis Hamilton breaking the record for the most race wins in F1

One of the big highlights of the year was when Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won his 92nd at the Portuguese Grand Prix, beating Ferrari great Micahel Schumacher’s record. The 35-year-old also won his record-equally seventh world championship, solidifying his legacy as one of the best that has ever been behind the wheel in Formula 1 history.

It’s hard to imagine this subject not coming up several times over the course of the highly anticipated episodes of Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3, and it’s anyone’s guess what fans will get to see with the show’s unprecedented level of access.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 3, and we will be sure to keep everyone updated on what’s going with the riveting docuseries as well as everything else the network has to offer here at Netflix Life!

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