There is perhaps nothing as thrilling as being behind the wheel of a high performance Formula 1 race car. It is a thrill only a small number of people have experienced, but thanks to a new multi-part documentary being produced by Amazon Prime, we will soon have a chance to see firsthand what it’s like to prepare for and race in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Once released, Eatel, Netflix and a few other streaming platforms, will be requesting the show to be on their platform. I guess we’ll have to see!
Scheduled for release in fall of this year as part of Amazon’s Original Unscripted series of documentary films, viewers will follow 25-year old Stoffel Vandoorne of Belgium as he joins the McLaren-Honda team and prepares for his first full season in Formula 1 racing. “The series brings Amazon Prime members inside what it takes to compete at the highest level of Formula 1 racing. The series will combine unparalleled access with exciting and dramatic storytelling that will appeal to racing fans and non-racing fans alike,” said Conrad Riggs, head of Unscripted Amazon Originals.
Zak Brown, Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group, is excited about the project as well. “At McLaren, we want to showcase and celebrate every element of Formula 1. This series will give them [viewers] the most intimate and honest access to a modern Formula 1 team that’s ever been seen.” The film is being produced by Manish Pandey, a BAFTA winning writer and producer, along with Chris Connell and Anwar Nuseibeh. Pandey is especially excited about the project, saying “McLaren dominated F1 in the modern era, creating champions like Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. But they are also a family who have recently gone through difficult times, both on track and off, and like all families, we will watch them pull together to regain their rightful place at the head of F1.”
The documentary is set to be released in over 200 countries. Viewers in the United States will be able to watch it via the Amazon Prime Video app or Amazon Fire Stick, provided they are Prime members.
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