Netflix to Show "Truth", "Sweat and Tears"

Claire Williams is convinced that the next season of "Drive to survive" will provide a better understanding of the countless difficulties encountered by her team in 2019.



Robert Kubica, Williams FW42, crashes


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Robert Kubica, Williams FW42, crashes

Claire Williams is convinced that the next season of "Drive to survive" will provide a better understanding of the countless difficulties encountered by her team in 2019.

had a dark year in 2019, marked by difficulties at all levels and which had emerged from the winter trials in Barcelona just a year ago. At the time, the British team had in particular had all the trouble in the world to track its car, and it had dragged these delays like a ball by never taking off from the back of the grid throughout the championship.

Claire Williams has often insisted on the ability of her troops to endure this difficult situation, as well as to overcome it in an attempt to bring their heads out of the water in 2020. Logically, not everything has been said about what has crossed the Grove stable, but the Netflix series dedicated to Formula 1, "Drive to survive" (released on February 28), will better understand the gravity of the situation. Claire Williams has already seen the episode dedicated to her team, and she believes that it faithfully reflects reality.

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"I don't want to spoil the surprise, but the episode is set around the winter tests of 2019, and I believe that this allows us to give a version of the events that we would not have had the opportunity to show people without it", explains the assistant manager of the stable. "It really shows the blood, the sweat and the tears, the pain that really hides behind such a situation."

"Sometimes people can just see a situation and not really understand it and then pass judgment. I hope this episode really shows the truth behind the scenes and how painful it was for us. From our point of view , it's a great opportunity, a great base to show real stories behind having two cars on the grid on a Sunday afternoon. "

If Claire Williams praises the work of Netflix, it is also because the film crews have shown great professionalism, not disturbing the team more despite their presence in complicated moments.

"We ignore (the cameras)", she assures. "They are very good, the Netflix team is fantastic. We have been working with them for two years now, and there has always been attention and awareness to know where they were and where they can go. We have always been a team open enough to share this great sport with the people we involve, to show what it's like to be a Formula 1 team. Having cameras around doesn't necessarily bother us, because we understand the impact that they will have in the long run. "

Interview by Luke Smith