Even for those who aren’t into racing, the Netflix reality series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” has become a must-watch on the streaming platform. “More than any other viewing experience, the series captures the actual drama of F1, casting a light on the stories — emotional, political, technological — that make the sport so high-octane,” Wired stated after Season 2 was released in 2020.

Despite some criticism of how seasons are structured and how some other aspects, like driver rivalries, are fabricated, the show that covers the annual Formula One World Championship is still going strong following its debut in 2019. The third season was released over two months ago, so Netflix has plenty of time to offer a renewal, opening the way for Season 4. Although Netflix has yet to make that official announcement, the show’s creators are definitely looking forward to not just Season 4, but many more seasons to come. Season 4 will most likely feature the same number of episodes as the previous three seasons.

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Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

When will Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 4 be released?

With the third season completed, fans are eagerly anticipating Season 4 — and the signs are promising. Julianne Cerasoli, a Brazilian sports journalist, reported in February that she had seen some crew members from the show filming. “A little behind the scenes: Perez is giving an interview via Zoom and, lo and behold, two Netflix filming professionals pass behind him… it appears that they are already starting the fourth season before the third premieres!” she tweeted.

The Australian Grand Prix podcast also spoke with James Gay-Rees, the show’s executive producer, about the new season. Season 4 is on the way, and Season 5 is in the works, according to the producer, though it’s unclear whether this means the show has been officially renewed.

If Season 4 does happen, it will almost certainly follow the same timeline as the previous seasons, which all premiered in February or March of 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively. As a result, with filming likely already underway, an upcoming season could premiere in spring 2022. The Formula One racing season did, however, start a little late this year, causing disruptions (via Fansided).

Which drivers will be in Season 4 of Formula 1: Drive to Survive?

On the Australian Grand Prix podcast, Gay-Rees stated that the show is in a good situation since its team has gained some confidence in Formula One circles, allowing it access that will lead to stronger shows in the future.

Aside from that, Gay-Rees said there’s a sense of anticipation involved in filming since they have to estimate which way the plot will go and try to be there at the correct time.

On The Grand Prix podcast, Gay-Rees noted, “It’s an evolving phenomenon” (18:42 minutes from the end). “The idea with any show like this is to have a changing cast, which you should become very familiar with, and you should have your likes and dislikes, as well as your favorites and not-so-favorites. Then you just have to keep hacking away at that dynamic to keep it interesting and the tales varied. So, when you prepare for Season 4, the goal is to work significantly different this time since you don’t want to repeat yourself or have your same characters embark on the same road every time.”

Which team owners will appear in Season 4 of Formula 1: Drive to Survive?

Gay-Rees indicated on the podcast (about 2:00 in) that the plot is “still kind of being worked out,” though the format will likely remain the same. He intimated that a “real Red Bull and Mercedes dust-off” would be fun to see.

“Red Bull is playing it down and being very calm and cool about it,” Gay-Rees said. “However, everyone appears to think it’s a two-horse race.” “The struggle for third, I believe, will be fierce between McLaren and Ferrari, as well as Aston Martin and a few others. So, yeah, it’s shaping up to be an excellent season.”

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If that’s the case, team owners like Christian Horner of Red Bull, Toto Wolff of Mercedes, Zak Brown of McLaren, and Lawrence Stroll of Aston Martin might appear on the reality show. Fans of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” will recognize these.

Gay-Rees even hinted at a possible fifth season, claiming that new Formula One rules, which are set to take effect in 2022 after a delay, might alter the cars and make things more difficult. “It’s going to be pretty punchy,” he said, adding, “so you know, we’d want to keep continuing with it.” But first, we need to see if Season 4 is on the way.