The Deeksha-series, which is now filming its fourth season, has been credited as a major factor in promoting the development of the game in the United States.
Mercedes’ seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen’s title rival, told reporters at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, that he saw an increase in interest in the country.
“It has been the fastest growth in the last few years and more and more people are talking about it, more and more people are getting involved,” he said.
“The volume of emails and messages I receive from people I’ve known in the States for years and who never knew what I was doing and are now hooked and can’t wait to come. I think of them Many are coming this weekend.”
Verstappen’s Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez, a two-time race winner who played heavily last season, said he respected what the documentary was doing.
“What he has done for Formula One is tremendous. It’s really something I appreciate,” he said.
“The way they sell games is a little bit of drama. It’s a show but at the end of the day it’s good for the game and good for the fans so I’m happy with that.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris, voted the second most popular driver after Verstappen in a fan poll published on Thursday, also praised the show.
“I’m fine with that,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing. There are a lot of people coming to America who are now in Formula One because of watching ‘Drive to Survive’. I think I’ve come to it right.”
“I think they do a good job. I can’t really speak on Max’s behalf.”
His Aussie teammate Daniel Ricciardo agreed: “Most of us have experienced the impact of it on the game. There has certainly been a lot of growth and I honestly see the most of it in America.
“At times you want a little bit of space or privacy, but I think they’re great with it if you tell them no cameras in this room.”
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