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George Russell is Okay with Fakery of Netflix F1 Series 'Drive to Survive'

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Russell Okay with 'Drive to Survive' FakeryDavid Davies - PA Images - Getty Images

Mercedes F1 driver George Russell is defending official Formula 1 Netflix series Drive To Survive, as the newly-released Season 6 continues to divide opinions.

For years now, despite the series being credited for contributing to F1's soaring popularity, the sport's purists elements have blasted Netflix for on-screen fakery. For example, one scene in the new series depicts Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff's office for his 2023 contract extension signing—but European media outlet Bild newspaper claims the actual signing "never happened that way."

"It was filmed specifically for Netflix," the major German publication reports.

The producers also add car, tire-screeching, crash and crowd sound effects, while faked "live" commentary is inserted throughout the action sequences.