Lewis Hamilton says he won’t allow Netflix to use footage of him at the German GP for their Drive to Survive series due to him being ill.
Mercedes agreed to be part of season two of the hit series, but may have felt like not bothering at all after a disastrous German Grand Prix.
Hamilton secured pole position, despite complaining of a sore throat, but in a race thrown into chaos by the rain the five-time World Champion suffered two spins and a botched pit stop, ultimately finishing P11 – though he was later promoted to P9 after a double-penalty for Alfa Romeo.
“I don’t think it was a distraction at all, I think they were really great,” he told RaceFans.net.
“I probably won’t be in it much as I was sick the whole time and I won’t allow them to release me being sick probably so I won’t even be in it.”
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After ensuring a complete blackout of the Netflix cameras filming “behind-the-scenes” in 2018, Mercedes allowed the company access for one race this season – they chose the German GP where Mercedes were celebrating 125 years of motorsport at their home event.
Although footage of Hamilton may never be seen, Wolff insists they have plenty more content to work with.
“We have given the Netflix guys more content than on any other weekend,” Wolff is quoted by GPFans.
Now, he is looking forward to turning the Silver Arrows’ fortunes around at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“I believe that one of the core strengths of our team is the way we handle defeat,” he explained.
“We accept responsibility for mistakes so we can learn and improve and we will come back stronger from this.”
Hamilton heads into the event with a 41-point lead over Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers’ Championship.