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Drive to Survive: Where are the early stars of Netflix’s F1 show now?

Now airing its fifth season on Netflix, the Formula 1 documentary series ‘Drive to Survive’ has delivered plenty of drama and characters over the years. 

The show has created a real buzz around the sport with more fans than ever before showing up for races and watching on from home. 

With Drive to Survive’s debut season covering the events of 2018, plenty has happened on and off the race track since then. 

The Sporting News looks at some notable names from the show’s earlier seasons and where they are now. 

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Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie starred in Drive to Survive’s very first episode and has featured regularly in the show since. 

Ricciardo, however, will likely take a back seat for season six based on his new role. 

After parting ways with McLaren at the end of 2022, Ricciardo has returned to Red Bull in 2023 but as their third driver, so is unlikely to see much action. 

Romain Grosjean 

In 2020, Grosjean was involved in a fiery crash while competing at the Bahrain GP and while escaping serious injury, would never race in F1 again. 

The crash was covered extensively in Drive to Survive’s season three episode ‘Man On Fire’. 

The 36-year-old moved to the IndyCar Series in 2021 and was most recently racing for Andretti Autosport in 2022. 

Pierre Gasly 

Gasly’s turbulent F1 journey has been well documented in Drive to Survive with the Frenchman demoted at Red Bull in 2019. 

The now-27-year-old has found his footing in the sport though and secured a move to the competitive Alpine racing team for 2023 after three years with AlphaTauri. 

Claire Williams

Fans of Drive to Survive couldn’t help but sympathise with Williams, who featured in the first few seasons of the show as deputy team principal of the Williams Formula One racing team. 

Daughter of Sir Frank Williams, who founded the team, she was never short of passion but oversaw a difficult period for them. 

Claire left her role with Williams in 2020 but recently became a brand ambassador for WAE Technologies, which is part of the Williams company. 

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Marcus Ericsson

The Swede featured briefly in season one while driving for Alfa Romeo Sauber alongside future Ferrari star Charles Leclerc. 

Ericsson would switch from F1 to IndyCar in 2019 and dramatically won the Indianapolis 500 in 2022. 

He remains a competitive racer in the sport and will be representing Chip Ganassi Racing in 2023. 

Sebastian Vettel 

An F1 icon, Vettel has featured in every Drive to Survive season to date but will likely be missing moving forward. 

The German announced his retirement from the sport in July 2022 and despite rumours of a possible shock return with Aston Martin, remains off the grid for now. 


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