Grand Prix Driver

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Behind-the-scenes look at what drives a Formula One team.

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Positive Messages

Formula One racing is a male-dominated sport governed by corporate interests, but it's fun and a lot of hard work. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Corporate trustees have to make tough decisions. Engineering teams work hard to support drivers; drivers must train hard to race at this level. 

Violence

Footage of sports cars wiping out and crashing while being driven at high speed. 

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Consumerism

Mobil, Marlboro, Mercedes-Benz, Richard Mille are just some of the racing sponsors shown. Range Rover and Honda also featured. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grand Prix Driver is a behind-the-scenes docuseries about the Formula One racing world. It's relatively mild, but younger viewers and non-car fans might be bored by the conversations about corporate leadership, marketing, and car engineering. There's some footage of car crashes, too. Corporate sponsor logos for companies like Mobil, Mercedes-Benz, Richard Mille, and endless others are shown.

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What's the story?

Narrated by Michael Douglas, GRAND PRIX DRIVER is a documentary series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive world of Formula One racing. It's the 2017 pre-season, and cameras are following the successful McLaren 1 team as they gear up for a championship victory. But the team hasn't had a win in three years, and major executive changes are being made in order to appease shareholders, like replacing its veteran CEO. While engineers are building the team's new and innovative MCL 32 Honda sports car that will insure success, drivers like Fernando Alonso and rookie Stoffel Vandoorne train and practice and deal with the many responsibilities that come along with being a driver. 

Is it any good?

This documentary offers an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what drives Formula One racing. It underscores the pressure on F1 teams to perform well and satisfy shareholders, and showcases the time and effort that goes into designing and building a successful racing car. The importance of getting high-profile sponsors to pay for the car is also highlighted. 

Interviews with key players of the franchise (none of whom are women) offer interesting details about this racing world. In addition, Grand Prix Driver offers F1 enthusiasts lots of voyeuristic moments, interesting backstories, and, of course, plenty of racing footage. It may seem dull if you're not a fan of the sport, but it offers a lot to those who are. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Formula One racing. What makes it popular? 

  • Why is the sport so expensive? What messages does Grand Prix Driver send about who is eligible to be a part of the sport?

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