Ryan Wood  |    |   0  |  24 March 2018

Netflix working with F1 on 10-part documentary series

Formula 1 and Netflix have announced a partnership that will see the streaming giant produce an original docu-series based on the 2018 season.

The 10-part series will premiere in early-2019 and will go behind the scenes with "unparalleled and exclusive access", with filming having already begun this weekend at the season-opener in Melbourne, Australia, as well as pre-season testing in Barcelona.

"This Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1," reads a statement from F1.

"The series will have unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team.

"Netflix has commissioned 10 episodes from the 2018 season, and the production team will film and reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business."

Netflix has appointed Senna producer James Gay Rees and Paul Martin as executive producers.

"Formula 1 is a global sport that we are actively repositioning from a motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand. The agreement with Netflix serves to chronicle the fascinating story of what transpires behind the scenes during a grand prix season," added F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches.

"This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world. This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans."

Bela Bajaria, vice president of content for Netflix, added: "This partnership with Formula 1 furthers our mission of working with world-class brands and production partners to produce best-in-class unscripted series. We can't wait for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix and to embark on an incredible season across the world."

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