10 Things we learned from Drive to Survive S3
By Jim K. March 23 2021
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Drive to Survive returned ahead of Formula 1's opening round in what is fast-becoming the TV tradition that kicks-off the season.
Yes, it's overly dramatic, and yes, hardcore fans can spot the heightened narratives. Yet there are plenty of golden nuggets in every season of the show. And the latest release is no exception. Here are ten things we learned from Drive to Survive's season 3.
1 - Valtteri Bottas bites back
Valtteri Bottas did not overcome his record-breaking Mercedes teammate in 2021, again. But at the Russian Grand Prix, Bottas did take the win after being instructed to give it up two years earlier.
We saw new footage of pit wall reactions at Mercedes and Red Bull when Bottas gave Verstappen the slipstream on the run to turn 1. What seemed a mistake or cross-communication originally may have been some payback from Bottas.
He explained how P3 was the best place to start, if not from pole position. After not topping the timesheets, he looks to have manufactured a P3 start instead. One day later, he stood atop the podium. Mind games from Bottas? Maybe. Try it at 23 races, and he could be a champion...
2 - Zoom keeps the F1 world ticking
The Covid struggles for the world were real in 2020. F1 was no exception. And just like the rest of us, Zoom rose to an everyday occurrence for the paddock. In many episodes, we saw the drivers and personnel keeping in touch or speaking to fans on Zoom.
Particularly relatable highlights were both Ferrari drivers struggling with wi-fi and Daniel Ricciardo uttering the phrase "I think you're on mute". The iconic phrase almost every one of us has uttered made its way into F1, too.
3 - Vettel kept even Red Bull guessing about his seat
In the episode focussed on Ferrari, aptly titled "We Need To Talk About Ferrari", Vettel's 2021 drive was under the spotlight. Of course, we now know he's sticking around, but it's easy to forget how much of 2020 was spent speculating on his drive.
We see Vettel and Red Bull's team principal, Christan Horner, talking in the pit lane. Just like he did to the media, Seb teased Horner about his future. "It should be your decision. Take a moment to pause" says Horner. "And then return home..." replies Vettel, referring to his Red Bull roots. A pat on the back from Christian as Seb walks away. With Albon's lackluster performances, Horner must've seriously been considering a homecoming for his old prodigy.
4 - Cyril Abiteboul took Ricciardo's departure hard
We saw how emotionally Renault's now ex-principal behaved with Christian Horner in previous Drive to Survive seasons. He explains his heritage is to blame for his passionate outbursts.
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