Formula 1 Wolff hoping Mercedes can avoid ‘Netflix Curse’ at Russian Grand Prix – Formula 1 RSS UK

Wolff hoping Mercedes can avoid ‘Netflix Curse’ at Russian Grand Prix – Formula 1 RSS UK

The Russian Grand Prix will see Mercedes shadowed by a Netflix film crew, as they record footage for the third series of Formula 1: Drive To Survive. But considering what happened the last time Mercedes opened their doors to the series at the 2019 German Grand Prix, Team Principal Toto Wolff admitted to being a touch apprehensive ahead of the weekend…

Last year’s Hockenheim race saw Mercedes fete 125 years of participation in motorsport, as they unveiled a special livery for the German Grand Prix, while team members sported retro outfits. But as the Netflix cameras watched on, Mercedes’ race unravelled spectacularly, with Valtteri Bottas crashing out of fourth place less than 10 laps from the end – while a 50-second pit stop for a ‘flu-ridden Lewis Hamilton after sliding into the barriers left him classified ninth at the flag.

READ MORE: The inside story on the making of Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive blockbuster

All that meant that Wolff was hoping the cameras’ presence once again this weekend in Russia didn’t auger badly for his team’s performance at the Sochi Autodrom.

“Last year, [the film crew] shadowed us at Hockenheim where we celebrated our home race and 125 years of motorsport – and had our worst race of the season,” said Wolff ahead of the Grand Prix, which could see Hamilton match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 victories. “That made for a very entertaining Netflix