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Race to Perfection director explains hardest part of making F1 docuseries

Race to Perfection director Andrew de Souza has singled out what for him was the hardest part of making the docuseries: seeing the emotional affect the game’s losses have had on retired drivers.

De Souza spoke to over 50 interview topics for the movie, together with a number of world champions, and he stated that speaking to them it turned obvious that many of them nonetheless really feel a way of loss a long time after shedding buddies to the game.

“We went to Geneva and talked to Sir Jackie,” he defined. “And speaking to all these folks about System 1, I believe in all probability what I discovered the hardest was the emotion, the sense of loss that they felt.

“We talked to Sir Jackie about Jochen Rindt and Jim Clark, and Sir Jackie was in tears speaking concerning the day he discovered that Jim had died. Over 50 years later it’s nonetheless so uncooked for them, it nonetheless impacts them and that sense of loss by no means actually leaves you.” 

The collection consists of seven episodes, every specializing in a distinct theme, together with Championship Deciders, Nice Automobiles of System 1 and Controversial Moments.

De Souza’s private favorite episode is the fourth one, titled Triumph and Tragedy, whereas he’s additionally proud of the best way Michael Schumacher’s story is informed within the Trailblazers episode and describes the primary episode Dwelling the Dream as “a ravishing piece of artwork” – regardless of admitting it was probably the most difficult episode to put collectively.

Requested what he thinks continues to make System One such a compelling sport 70 years after it started, the director didn’t hesitate to level out it was the drivers themselves – and the sacrifices they’re typically keen to make, particularly these in years passed by when security protocols weren’t practically as superior.

“The quantity of deaths they’d – 3,4,5 deaths a yr was nearly the norm,” he stated. “And I believe that comes throughout. We speak about Nicki Lauda, the final word sporting comeback – he nearly died after which six weeks later he’s racing once more, placing on bandages which are sticking to his face however nonetheless going on the market and racing. It’s these type of tales that I hope will resonate with folks.”

Race to Perfection debuts on 12th September on Sky One and NOW TV – as well as to F1TV  – with all episodes accessible to watch dwell or on demand. Discover out what else is on with our TV Information.

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