F2 looks to rev up fan engagement with docuseries launch

Formula 1 (F1) has announced the release of a brand-new behind the scenes five-part docuseries titled ‘F2: Chasing the Dream’.

The series, which is currently available through F1TV, invites fans into last season’s 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship paddock and features all ten competing teams as well as their respective drivers as they battled through one of the sport’s most competitive championships for a chance to earn a spot in F1.  

A statement released by F1 read: “Join the road to F1 as the drivers chase the ultimate goal – a seat in the pinnacle of motorsport. See their total, unwavering commitment as they step into the cockpit and close the visor. Delve into the unique personalities of the racers away from the track.

“Experience the togetherness and the solidarity of the paddock following the crushing low of the tragic events in Spa, when the world of motorsport lost one of its brightest young talents in Anthoine Hubert, reminding the world of the risks that these drivers face every time they get into the car. F2: Chasing the Dream will open up the world of junior formula as you’ve never seen it before.”

‘F2: Chasing the Dream’ is the sport’s latest foray into behind-the-scenes filming following the Netflix launch of ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’ which detailed the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship throughout ten episodes. 

Discussing the Netflix deal at the time, Ian Holmes, Director of Media Rights commented: “As we move into a new generation of Formula 1 we are thrilled to announce our new docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive. 

“This truly unique series embodies the sport and helps us to showcase and unearth the untold stories on and off the track. Partnering with Netflix to create an original series puts us at the forefront of becoming a media and entertainment brand and attracting new fans to the sport.”

Following its initial success and popularity amongst fans of the motorsport series, it was later announced in 2019 that a second season of ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’ was set to launch in 2020 with a focus this time switching to the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Holmes added: “We are thrilled to once again be working with Netflix on the second series of Drive to Survive. It is a truly unique series which allows fans to see the unseen side of F1, showcasing the personalities and emotions each team and driver goes through, both on and off the grid.

“Drive to Survive has enabled us to reach an entire new fanbase globally and partnering with Netflix for a second season ensures we are continuing to put fans at the heart of what we do and make the sport more open and accessible to all.”

F1 will now be looking to repeat its success with its F2 release that is set to be distributed to other broadcasters following the initial exclusive airing of its five episodes on F1TV. With this being said, no official announcements have yet been made regarding the potential future broadcasters of the series. 

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