K-Mag: Netflix made Grosjean my enemy

Jamie Woodhouse
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Kevin Magnussen has said that Netflix’s Drive to Survive documentary made Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean look like his “enemy”.

2019 was a tough season for Haas after several on-track collisions between Magnussen and Grosjean.

The second series of Drive to Survive also showed how things got heated between Magnussen and team principal Guenther Steiner after the British Grand Prix with the pair having an argument in Steiner’s office before the boss charged out into the paddock accusing Magnussen of smashing his office door.

Season Two captured several tense moments between Magnussen and Grosjean, something which upset the Danish driver because he says the pair actually have a good relationship, while Netflix made them look like enemies.

“In fact, we have a good relationship, we talk even between the races, also with his wife and I like his children, so it’s not right to believe that Romain and I are enemies,” he is quoted by grandpx.news as having told Danish newspaper BT.

“Romain is a kite surfer and I like sailing, and we are actually going to do something together because we both like it. It might also help to remove the image that we hate each other.”

Magnussen was quizzed about the fierce arguments he was shown having with Grosjean and Steiner in the series, but he says that’s just how sport is.

“That’s how sports are,” he stated.

“You also shout at each other on a football team too, but when the game is over and the boots are taken off and you’re on the team bus, it’s completely different.

“Netflix captured those really sharp moments when we have just taken the helmet off, and in a way that’s perfectly fine because it shows the way Formula 1 can also be.

“But at the same time, I also hope the viewers understand that Formula 1 is not just what you see on Netflix. You see the highs and the lows, and that’s what is most exciting, but you don’t see everything in between.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has also previously criticised the way he is depicted in Drive to Survive Season One.

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