‘Drive to Survive’ will reveal ‘truth’ of Williams’ 2019

Date published: February 27 2020

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Claire Williams has said the Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ will allow the team to tell their own story on the struggles of the 2019 season.

The second season of the popular series will be released on Friday and Williams are set to be one of the early focal points after they turned up to testing in Barcelona two-and-a-half days late.

That very much set the tone for what would be a miserable 2019 campaign for the fallen giants of Formula 1, who spent much of the year racing exclusively at the back.

“I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but the episode is around 2019 testing, and I think it allows us as a team to tell a version of events that we may not otherwise have had the opportunity to be able to show people,” Williams said when asked by Motorsport.com about the impact of ‘Drive to Survive’ on Williams.

“[It allows us] to really show the blood, sweat and tears, and the pain that really goes on behind a situation.

“People can sometimes just see a situation and not truly understand it and make a judgement. I hope that our episode really shows the truth behind the scenes and how painful it was for all of us.

“From our perspective as well, it’s a great opportunity, a great platform for be able to show the real stories behind two cars going out on the grid on a Sunday afternoon.”

Claire Williams went on to say that the team have learned to ignore the cameras, while the Netflix camera crews themselves remain respectful throughout the filming process.

“You ignore the cameras. They’re very good, the Netflix team are fantastic,” Williams added.

“We’ve obviously worked with them for two years now, and they’ve always been very mindful and conscious of where they are and where they’ve put themselves.

“We’ve always been a team that is quite open about sharing with people this great sport that we’re involved in, and show what it takes to be a Formula 1 team.

“Having cameras around doesn’t necessarily bother us because we understand the long-term impact of what those cameras are doing.”

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