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F1 ‘optimistic’ Mercedes and Ferrari will take part in Netflix documentary series

Sean Bratches, Formula One’s managing director of commercial operations, says he is “optimistic” that Ferrari and Mercedes will participate in the second season of the highly-successful Netflix documentary series  Drive to Survive.

The two biggest teams currently in F1 did not take part in the first season but Bratches believes all 10 teams will take part in the future. A contract for a second season has not yet been signed but Netflix has already filmed three grands prix already.

“It looks like we’re going to have season two and we will make it available to all teams. We’re optimistic that we will have a full ship this time,” Bratches told the Sports Decision Makers Summit in Miami.

“We’re trying to open this up and be very transparent and inclusionary. Everything we do we’re making it available to all teams. Had Mercedes and Ferrari been involved in the Netflix series from the outset, they might have taken a lot of air out of the room for other teams but them not taking part it allowed the other teams to shine.”

Bratches added that he was “optimistic” F1 will stage a race in Miami in the future in its attempts to expand thebrand in the United States. “There is still a lot of work to do,” he added.