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Sky Sports F1 70th anniversary docuseries Race to Perfection takes fans behind the wheel

Formula 1 fans are in for a treat this autumn, with a new documentary series, Race to Perfection, landing on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Documentaries.

The Sky original seven-part docuseries, which marks the sport’s 70th Anniversary, will debut September 7.

The series takes a look behind the scenes over the past 70 years, from the launch of the sport in 1950 through to the modern day. From Fangio to Schumacher, Senna to Hamilton, the stories of the sport and the personalities that have driven it will be told through unseen archive footage and more than forty exclusive driver and team interviews.

The F1 archive will be opened like never before, suggests the broadcaster, giving enthusiasts a fresh insight into the sport’s history and the personalities behind the wheel.

The stories of the sport and the personalities that have driven it will be told in a new light through unseen archive footage and exclusive interviews…

Sky Sports Ted Kravitz and Anthony Davidson

Race to Perfection will be shown exclusively in the UK on Sky and Now TV, and has been produced in-house by the Sky Sports F1 team.

“This is an iconic sport with rich history, ever-changing as technology has rapidly developed over the last seven decades,” says Scott Young, Director of Sky Sports F1. “It’s a time to remember the story lines and glory of the past but also look ahead to the future. Our partnership with F1 over the next five years will give customers exclusive access as that captivating story continues to unfold.”

“It’s exciting to see some of our oldest footage brought back to life though the docuseries and give fans a real insight into the history of F1 to mark our 70th anniversary,” adds Ian Holmes, Director of Media Rights for Formula 1.

Seven part docuseries takes to the grid in September

Race to Perfection – episode titles and synopsis:

Episode 1 : Living the Dream
F1 has had it all. The greatest cars, the fastest speeds, the technology and the charismatic characters. It’s time to look at what has made Formula 1 so special over the past 70 years.

Episode  2 : Championship Deciders
Sometimes the championship comes down to the final race after a season-long battle. This episode looks at the championship deciders that have left their mark on the history of Formula 1.

Episode  3 : Great Cars of Formula 1
F1 has always been known for pushing boundaries in concepts and design. This episode examines the stories of some of the most successful machines over the past 70 years in F1 by those who were involved.

Episode  4 : Triumph and Tragedy
Spanning 70 years, F1 has seen some spectacular highs and devastating lows. This episode remembers the drivers who fought back from adversity to triumph – and those who lost their lives doing what they loved.

Episode 5 : Controversial Moments
These are the never-to-be-forgotten incidents in F1. The controversial moments and subsequent fallout that have left their mark in the dramatic history of the sport and still stir debate today.

Episode  6 : Great F1 Teams
F1 has always seen periods of domination from teams. This episode looks at who created them, who their champion drivers were and how they became so successful? These are the great F1 teams who will forever be associated with the sport.

Episode  7 : Trailblazers
This episode looks at the icons. The ones who formulated new ways of working and brought success to themselves and those around them. The ones who turned dreams into reality and inspired others to follow in their footsteps. These are the trailblazers who helped shape Formula 1 as we know it today.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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