To understand why veteran Checo Perez and hot prospect Esteban Ocon don’t see eye to eye – 2 seasons of steaming in-team rivalry that wasn’t decided on talent but money – Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in four races of the 2020 F1 season being postponed or cancelled. In case if anyone is wondering what to do on a Sunday, consider watching Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
Netflix’s ‘Formula One: Drive to Survive’ is a thrilling TV show, that exposes Formula 1’s bitter rivalries, and reactions of teams and drivers. This documentary series produced in collaboration between the Formula One Group and Netflix has aired two seasons.
The first season focuses on the 2018 World Championship while the second season focuses on the 2019 World Championship.
Highlights: Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez’s Bitter Rivalry
- Lawrence Stroll’s investment in Force India leaves Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon fighting for one seat.
- The stakes for the two drivers reached their peak.
- Drivers get desperate to perform.
Perez and Ocon to Fight for a Sole Seat at Racing Point
The jaw-dropping rivalry between Perez and Ocon spurred Force India beyond the capability of their car. But their billionaire Indian owner Vijay Mallya has to give way. Enter Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. He saved Force India. But put the fate of both Checo Perez and Esteban Ocon in jeopardy. One would have to go.
With Lawrence, came his son, Lance Stroll, from Williams Martini and inherited the seat in his dad’s team. Perez and Ocon were left fighting for the other seat. It was all or nothing. That inevitably went ugly. What went down can’t be explained. Watch Formula 1: Drive to Survive Episode 6 for that.
With both drivers fighting for a sole seat, the stakes could not be higher. Their relationship went from toxic to fatally poisonous at Force India in 2017. Will Buxton, famous F1 Analyst said, “I don’t think they’re on each other’s Christmas card list.”
The team had to bar both Perez and Ocon from racing each other
Desperation Creeps in for the Drivers
Although Perez and Ocon were banned from racing each other, the urge to be “top dog” of the team persisted. This urge resulted in both drivers driving recklessly during races from time to time
The compulsion to finish races as high up the field as possible resulted in clashes for both drivers. Perez not only clashed with Ocon on lap 1 of the Singapore Grand Prix but also with William’s Sergey Sirotkin. Buxton explained Perez’s desperation,
“Perez’s frustration was so evident to see, but is that frustration with Sirotkin in the race, or is it a deeper frustration in him not yet knowing his future.”
Similarly, Ocon too demonstrated his angst after receiving news that Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were confirmed teammates for Racing Point in 2019. At the Mexican Grand Prix, Ocon clashed with both Nico Hulkenberg and Brendon Hartley with the hope that a points-scoring finish would help him land a 2019 seat in F1.
A single episode of Netflix’s Drive to Survive is enough for one to witness all behind the scenes reactions from teams, their drivers, and experts.
How do you think the season 2020 would pan out for Perez, Ocon, and Stroll? In fact, will we see a complete season or a cut short one due to coronavirus? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.