Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen is not happy with his portrayal in ‘Drive to Survive’ – a Netflix original series.
The series depicts the lives of the drivers competing in Formula 1 and takes an in-depth look into what goes on behind the scenes.
During an interview with ABtalks, the Dutch driver passed comment suggesting that he wasn’t happy with his depiction throughout the series. He voiced:
“I don’t think it was the real me. The problem is they will always position you in a way they want. It’s a series, whatever you say they will try to make you look reckless or try to make you into whatever fits the story of the series.”
Despite the disparaging emotions, Verstappen conveyed towards Netflix’s portrayal of his character, it can’t be contested that the original series has actually done remarkably well and has since been renewed for a second series; of which was released on the streaming service this past Friday, ahead of this year’s Formula 1 season premiering in Australia two weeks from now.
Verstappen denied yet seeing the latest series but took a dim view of his portrayal in the first set of episodes.
Verstappen continued: “The series is all about excitement and it needs to be exciting, so they position you and whatever fits to the episode.
“You’re interviewed and they use the words also under different circumstances, so it never really fits,” he explained.
“I never really liked that. I prefer to just have a one-on-one interview with the person who would like to know me.”
Verstappen slammed the production’s approach to how the series had been put together, he felt the editing of the show made him out to look arrogant and dismissive, which he felt was extremely wide of the mark.
He explained: “I like to be just myself.
“I speak when I need to speak, and if I don’t have anything to say then I won’t say anything.
“I don’t think I show a lot of emotion,” he proclaimed. “I’m just easy going, but I’m also very determined to win.
“I try to do everything for it because it’s my life, it’s my passion. Sometimes it might seem arrogant or whatever, but I’m there to win.
“Everybody’s different, everybody works differently,” he added. “But for me, that seems to work the best.”