The announcement of a deal for season five and season five of the popular fly-on-the-wall show came on the eve of F1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend. 

Drive to Survive has proved hugely popular thanks to its unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and has been credited with bringing new fans to the sport, as well as helping to boost F1’s profile in the United States. 

Four seasons of the series have been released to date, with the latest - which covers the events of the highly-dramatic and controversial 2021 title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton - airing just before the 2022 season kicked off. 

F1 says that the latest season of Drive to Survive has attracted the biggest audience to date and has broken into the weekly ‘Top 10’ in 56 countries. 

Season five is currently being filmed and will launch on Netflix in 2023. 

Steiner on being F1's reluctant star

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“Fucking hell, my favourite subject,” Guenther Steiner sighs when considering his newfound, and unwanted, fame from the Drive to Survive F1 series.

Netflix’s hit documentary series has depicted F1 in a new light with its unparalleled behind-the-scenes access since the first season aired in 2019. It may have faced criticism for over-dramatising certain aspects of the world championship, but Drive to Survive has helped to bring swathes of new fans, particularly from the United States. 

It has provided some classic moments of entertainment and unearthed some unlikely superstars, including the unfiltered, unapologetic Haas team principal Steiner, whose outspokenness and amusing phrases have cemented themselves in internet meme folklore and seen him become a firm fan favourite. 

But speak to Steiner about Drive to Survive and you will quickly discover that the direct Italian views things very differently. 

“No,” Steiner responds when asked if he feels like a star during an exclusive interview with Crash.net. “I honestly don’t. I didn’t even watch the shows, any of them. 

“You feel it because the people, they see you and they know you. People obviously come and talk to you and want selfies and I’m recognised, but I do not feel like a star. This was not on my career plan.” 

Read the full exclusive interview here