July 24, 2019 / 1:55 PM / 4 months ago

Mercedes and Ferrari sign up for new Netflix F1 series

FILE PHOTO: F1 Formula One - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria - July 1, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas lead the field at the start of the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

LONDON (Reuters) - World champions Mercedes and Ferrari have agreed to take part in a second Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ documentary series due to be aired next year, Formula One announced on Wednesday.

The first 10-part documentary series filmed in 2018 and released this year focused mostly on teams further down the starting grid after the top two decided not to be part of it.

A behind-the-scenes look at the championship, it was well-received by fans and sponsors.

Mercedes, the dominant team of five times world champion Lewis Hamilton, are celebrating their 200th start as a Formula One constructor at this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

They also plan to race in a special livery to commemorate their 125th year in motorsport.

Hamilton, winner at Hockenheim last year, goes into the halfway mark of the season with a 39-point lead over Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes have won nine of 10 races so far in 2019.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Ken Ferris

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