The third season of popular Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive will detail the tense relationship between Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul and Daniel Ricciardo following the Australian driver’s shock exit last year.
After a disappointing maiden season with the French team, Ricciardo signed a three-year contract with rivals McLaren ahead of the F1’s return from the coronavirus lockdown last year.
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The Perth driver had to complete the 2020 season knowing he would not represent Renault the following year, inevitably sparking some tension among his comrades.
As revealed by F1 reporter Lawrence Barretto, Abiteboul’s bitter disappointment in the decision will feature prominently in episode five of the Netflix docu-series.
“We need to be in a position to be fighting for wins and championships, and Daniel has put a stop to that,” Abiteboul reportedly mutters in the opening scene.
Daniel Ricciardo with Cyril Abiteboul.Source:News Corp Australia
Red Bull boss Christian Horner was all too familiar with Abiteboul’s frustration — Ricciardo shocked the F1 world in 2018 by leaving Red Bull to join Renault.
“It’s like being dumped like a girlfriend but she hasn’t moved out of the house,” Horner said on Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
“Must be an odd dynamic for Cyril, knowing for whole season that Daniel is going to his biggest rival. Cyril no doubt took that very personally.”
In another scene, Horner bluntly asks Ricciardo: “Is Cyril talking to you yet?”
Abiteboul admits he did not talk to Ricciardo for a while, but the duo seemingly buried the hatchet as Renault found some success on the track.
Ricciardo managed to snare a couple of podiums to push the French team into the top five on the F1 Constructors’ Championship.
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia.Source:Getty Images
Ten episodes of Formula 1: Drive to Survive will drop on the streaming platform on Friday evening at 6pm AEDT.
The 2020 season was packed with several compelling storylines, many of which will be explored in the show’s third instalment.
Lando Norris’ maiden podium at the Austrian Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly’s remarkable victory in Italy, Romain Grosjean’s ghastly crash in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton passing Michael Schumacher’s all-time record and Sebastian Vettel’s bitter relationship with Ferrari will all hopefully get some airtime.
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