Juvenile as it might seem, the look on their team boss and co’s faces at some of the one-liners they come out with is priceless when occurring in the corporate, straight-faced world of F1.
Reliable Netflix fodder Guenther Steiner and his Haas team deliver once more, this time the spotlight on more internal strife within the American squad.
Disappointingly, not addressed is driver Nikita Mazepin’s alleged sexual harassment incident which the Russian driver filmed live himself on Instagram at the end of 2020. Rather similar to Hamilton’s Black Lives Matter stance being largely swept under the carpet in the previous season, but even more so.
Also fascinating is the exploration of the difficult relationship between two new team-mates. Netflix does well to justify its place here – imagine if you’d had Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at loggerheads during their Woking days or, more banally, Jacques Villeneuve dumping Ricardo Zonta’s lunch in the bin at BAR.
However, the interest seems to run dry elsewhere.
More access is given to Mercedes and Ferrari, particularly the former, but it appears this may have diluted the drama, not boosted it.
The ’21 title fight is covered minus Verstappen, who said he was tired of the series’ “fake storylines”, and the new series appears to be much poorer for it. The Dutchman is never one to mince his words, but previously hasn’t had much to talk about. Now he does, and he’s not here to tell the tale.
Lewis Hamilton does give his view, but as ever is measured and careful with what he says. As a result, all the championship story seems to amount to is treading over ground we’ve already seen, plus a few more swear words.
When Netflix was focused on just one episode per series for Merc and Ferrari, it honed in on a particular aspect of their respective seasons, whereas now the drama feels spread a bit thin.
For the Silver Arrows, Series 2’s yield was the disastrous 2019 German GP which left Wolff almost crying into his Mercedes 125th year anniversary commemorative flat cap, and 2020 saw Valtteri Bottas admitting just how hard it was accepting he’d met his match and then some in Hamilton – that he might as well just give up and go home.