Formula 1, so hot right now. If you haven’t seen the Netflix show Drive to Survive or seen motorsport merch take over trendy fast fashion outlets like Pacsun and Abercrombie and Fitch, or heard of any of the three races in the United States, maybe you haven’t noticed that Formula 1 has been exploding in popularity stateside over the last few years. Now, Disney+ and Keanu Reeves are looking to teach new fans about F1 history, proving the dramatic storylines began way before the current crop of drivers became Netflix stars.
In the new unscripted documentary series, Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story, Keanu Reeves is our guide back to 2009 when an upstart F1 team created by Ross Brawn came out fastest of them all and won the World Championship. It’s inherently a David vs Goliath story as Brawn purchased the team from Honda for a single pound, determined to hold their own against motorsport giants like Ferrari and McLaren.
The first trailer for the docuseries reveals sit-down interviews with Brawn GP drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barichello along with Brawn himself and then-and-current Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who calls Brawn “a smiling assassin”. Supplementing these interviews are archival footage of the races and interviews from that period.
This is another entry in a recent spate of motorsport-related media, from Gran Turismo to the strike-halted Brad Pitt F1 movie produced by Lewis Hamilton, in addition to the ongoing seasons of Netflix’s Drive to Survive.
Watch the trailer below and see all episodes of Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story beginning November 15 on either Hulu (US) or Disney+ (international).