RealSport Reviews: Grand Prix Driver – season 1
One of the newest offerings from Amazon Prime Video, this four part series goes behind the scenes ahead of Mclaren’s 2017 season.
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It is said you should never meet your heroes. After watching Grand Prix Driver, I think this phrase should be changed to “never watch a documentary about your heroes.” I want to make it clear, the production values of the documentary are second to none. To gain the level of trust required to film scenes depicted in these episodes is extraordinary. However, my thoughts and feelings towards Mclaren have gone from sympathy, and wanting them to recover to their mighty best, to craving a complete restructure of the company.
The series is a must-see for any fan of motor sport. Unfortunately, it’s also a must-see for business management students looking for examples of how not to run a successful organisation. And perhaps for Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing on how not to work with a power unit partner.
As the trailer for the documentary shows, the series charts the breakdown of the relationship between McLaren and Honda on the eve of the 2017 season.