Netflix cameras were at a meeting of F1 bosses and recorded interesting moments, and even conflict. Szafnauer revealed more about it: "Well it certainly added to my reticence to say anything! I don't know, should Netflix be in there? Or shouldn't they be in there? “I mean, I remember watching the Senna movie, and all those years ago, they had cameras in those types of meetings.
So is it good for the fans, does it help all of us if they understand some of that stuff? Maybe. “Does it create drama that otherwise wouldn't be there? I don't know. It's hard to tell, because it's not a controlled experiment.
You’ve got to have the same meeting without them there. So I don't know. “But I'm sure people will guess that it does have an influence. And, you know, maybe it does. Is it good? Or is it bad? I don't know.
But I think that kind of stuff if the fans see it, and understand it, it just creates a bit more attraction to our sport. I think that's good." "But even then it's better that not seeing it at all. It is a backwards look, Netflix”.
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Szafnauer: 'COVID F1 fans'
Szaufnauer also spoke about meeting fans on the flight who started loving F1 for F1 by Drive to Survive. The time of the COVID changed many things, so people followed sports they would not otherwise.
Of course, Netflix has done a lot to popularize F1. “I met one from Chicago, one from Michigan,” he said. “And both of them said we are 'COVID F1 fans' What do you mean by that? They said well, during COVID only F1 was on TV, and they mentioned something else that I can't remember that didn't sound interesting!
“So they said we watched all the F1 races and thereafter watched Netflix and now we have an understanding. And lo and behold, they're travelling from Detroit and Chicago to come here to their first races. One of them went to Miami as well.
So, [Canada was the] second race. “But if it helps attract those people, because I think we've got a great sport, it was a well-kept secret before, and if you expose more people to it, it's better for all of us."
In F1, they are happy, of course, because of all this, since this strengthens the sponsorship agreements and the popularization of this sport.