Grand Prix Driver (Amazon) – Premieres 9th February
A four part documentary about the McLaren F1 team during the 2017 preseason, as they go about getting their car and drivers ready for the upcoming season after a few years bumbling around near the back of the grid.
During the show it follows the drivers Fernando Alonso and newly promoted Stoffel Vandoorne as they get fitted for the new car, perform contactual appearances for sponsors and give their feedback on the car in simulation sessions.
As well as looking at the drivers it also interviews the teams bigwigs as they talk about how they are trying to improve the teams fortunes. Which includes a management restructure after ousting former chief Ron Dennis from the company, and talking about how they are attempting to revitalise their sponsorship situation.
For a behind the scenes look at an F1 team, the documentary is following one of the duller, more corporate teams where it just comes across as a mundane PR exercise. If it was about Force India or Sauber you feel it would have a more interesting angle due to they’re the teams that have been struggling with getting money in to support the team.
All-in-all it’s one that would only really be of interest to McLaren fans.