The countdown begins! After what has been a long break, motorsport fans finally have their timers set for next month with series like Formula 1 and MotoGP set to get their 2020 seasons underway in July.
Our list of automotive movies to watch in the lockdown already covered some essential motorsport viewing like Senna, Ford v Ferrari and A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story. But if you’re looking for even more racing content to binge on while waiting for motorsport around the world to resume, we’ve got you covered.
Who knew F1 could dish out even more drama behind the scenes? Season 1 of the Netflix series managed to be a hit with F1 fans and casual audiences alike, giving viewers an unfiltered look at what goes on behind the scenes of the pinnacle of motorsport. Season 2 doesn’t disappoint, covering pivotal moments of the 2019 season and offering plenty of entertaining commentary from everyone’s favourite scathing Hass F1 Team Principal, Guenther Steiner. And unlike Season 1, the latest season offers access to the big two teams – Mercedes and the rather secretive Ferrari – as well.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive is available on Netflix
Yes, there’s a docu-series out there dedicated to demystifying motorsport in India. ‘The Driving Force’ serves as a great introduction to the professional racing scene in the country, with inputs from industry heavyweights like Head of Volkswagen MotorSport India Sirish Vissa, former F1 driver Karun Chandhok and even Indian F1 hopeful Jehan Daruvala.
The Driving Force is available on Hotstar
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is called the ‘Mount Everest of Motorsport’ for a good reason; it’s probably one of the most brutal tests of the endurance of man and machine out there. Set in the months leading up to the 2015 edition of the race, ‘Le Mans: Racing is Everything’ goes behind the scenes with manufacturers like Porsche, Toyota and Nissan, covering their frenzied preparation for the event. But it also serves as a decent overview of the iconic race – touching upon its illustrious history, the dangers involved and more.
Le Mans: Racing is Everything is available on Amazon Prime
Any motorsport fan knows that the Williams F1 team is a racing behemoth; the stats speak volumes with a total of nine title wins in the 1980s and 1990s with legends like Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. And while this documentary does a good job of charting the team’s journey in F1, where it really excels is in shedding light on the human side of this journey. The focus on Sir Frank Williams’ personal story and his determination to overcome challenges after a near-fatal road accident in 1986 make for gripping viewing.
Williams is available on Netflix
We couldn’t leave out fans of two-wheeler racing from this list. Red Bull’s free streaming service has plenty of interesting motorsport content and ‘Racing Together’ is something of great interest. The two-hour documentary takes a look at the history of motorcycle racing through the stories of multiple title-winning legends like Mick Doohan, Barry Sheene, Valentino Rossi and even Marc Marquez.
Racing Together is available on Red Bull TV
F1 pitstops are nothing short of automotive magic. In the time it takes you to finish reading this sentence, a pit crew manages to change four wheels with metronomic precision. ‘The History of the Pit Stop’ tells the story of those who invented the techniques and equipment that have made under-2-second pit stops the new norm in F1. It also gives some fascinating insight into the levels of focus and co-ordination required to pull off this feat.
The History of the Pit Stop is available on Red Bull TV
Been looking for some rallying content to binge on? ‘Going Straight Sideways’ follows World Rally Championship journalist Mike Chen as he takes on a new challenge – competing in the infamously difficult Wales Rally GB. The episodes cover everything from acquiring a competition licence to understanding pace notes. So it’s well worth a watch for all of you out there who are curious to know just what it’s like to be a professional rally driver.
Going Straight Sideways is available on Red Bull TV
Here’s your chance to follow New Zealand drifting racer ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett on his global adventures. ‘The Mad life’ provides some extensive insight into the sport of drifting while charting all the highs and lows of Whiddett’s career.
The MAD life is available on Red Bull TV