Netflix to Air Formula 1 Original Series in 2019

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The push by American Liberty Media Corporation to make Formula 1 even more appealing for world viewers has entered a new stage this weekend, after the Australian GP season-opener.
Formula 1 announced on Sunday it has partnered with entertainment giant Netflix for a season-long partnership which will produce, in early 2019, a Netflix original documentary series.

As part of the partnership, Netflix’s production team will be granted access to the backstage of the motorsport, where it could interview and film drivers, team principals, and owners. Formula 1’s management team will also be featured in the series.

For this season of Formula 1, Netflix will have to gather enough material for a 10-episodes series, apparently centered not on what happens on the circuit, but on the “intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business.

“This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world,” said Sean Bratches, Formula 1’s commercial director.

“This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans.”

Last week, Formula 1 announced the launch of its first-ever global marketing campaign, titled Engineered Insanity. The goals of the campaign are sending a unified message through the use of new imagery, a new tagline and a series of so-called “hero-films.”

Additionally, proximity in-airport and in-city posters, hand-painted murals, and social media ads will be rolled out in China, France, Germany and the U.S.

The Melbourne Grand Prix, which took place on Sunday at Albert Park, was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, following apparent software issues which caused Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to come in second.

After 25 laps, Hamilton was first, but Vettel’s pitting under a Virtual Safety Car and some bad math from Mercedes made Ferrari top the Germans in Melbourne for the second year in a row.
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