Together with’f 1: Drive to Survive’ having exposed once again the amount of criticism that Renault got from former engine customer Red Bull, Abiteboul says such documentaries need to tread carefully in regards to working with such delicate things.
While pleased with how well the show was received by fans, he is concerned that there is a danger some parties could possibly be depicted in a manner that hurts their image.
“The bottom line is that it is a good matter for F1, individuals have talked to me about F1 for the first time who never talk about F1, so it is definitely reaching Another Sort of customer or enthusiast group, that can be good,” said Abiteboul
“Did I like what I watched it? No. Therefore I believe it is important to have some sort of disclaimer that although it sounds scripted, it is a bit of fiction also.
“It’s essential also, given what is at stake in terms of brand reputation, that people usually do not confuse completely everything exactly is information and what is entertainment.”
Abiteboul is featured heavily in the documentary — especially at a few of those episodes where the extent of the breakdown in his relationship with Red Bull boss Christian Horner is clarified.
There’s footage of this set ignoring one another before to a media conference at the French Grand Prix, and also stressed jokes down the road in Belgium in the wake of Renault’s signing of Daniel Ricciardo.
Horner was far from unhappy with the way he was depicted, as he said the advantages for f-1 required to be taken in to account.
“I’m excited about season two – that I presume there may be a fight maybe between Cyril and Toto [Wolff] this season,” he joked.
“The Netflix item, it was an interesting project. It shows a glimpse behind the scenes of f 1 and it had tremendous interest from everything I understand.
“It was not nearly what exactly is happening track.
While Mercedes did not take a part at the documentary, team manager Wolff didn’t recognise the benefit that f 1 has received from this.
“We obviously didn’t participate for a cause,” he explained. “However, it is a great promotion for f 1, it is done. It’s extremely intrusive in a particular way, however, the promotion is still good.”