Max Verstappen has change of heart over Netflix's 'Drive to Survive' series

F1 World Champion Max Verstappen says he would only be part of Netflix's 'Drive to Survive' series if it's on his own terms.

The enigmatic Dutchman was vehemently against participating in the show when he was asked about it in October 2021, claiming that the producers "faked a few rivalries", and reiterated his stance in March this year, saying he "would not change" his mind.

However, Verstappen appears to have changed his tune after speaking to the show's producers recently.

"It was actually a very good quick little chat," he told Speedcafe after meeting with the showrunners in June.

"We will try to improve from there so you can have a bit more say in how you are going to be portrayed instead of giving an interview and not knowing what is going to be done with it and the way they put it into the show."

The 24-year-old has explained that he wouldn't mind being part of the show if it's portrayed more realistically.

"All I'm asking for, you know, is that it's just more realistic, at least from my side. I cannot control of course, what they do with other drivers," he continued.

"I understand they want me in it, but it needs to be more on my terms."

'Drive to Survive' undoubtedly boosted the popularity of Formula 1 and brought in new viewers intrigued by the behind-the-scenes look into the sport.

Verstappen is happy to help improve F1's popularity by taking part, but also wants some assurances regarding creative control.

"I also understand that Netflix really helped a lot for the popularity especially in the United States," he said.

"I don't mind playing a role in that, but of course, it needs to be good for both of us.

"You need to be able to say, well, sorry, guys, I don't really think that makes me look good.

"Sometimes, you know, you don't even know that there is a camera around or someone is walking behind you and they can use that. So let's see what comes out of it and how much is going to be in it."

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