Daniel Ricciardo ‘disgusted’ with F1 for constant replays of horror race crash – but others say he should accept that such accidents are ‘part of the appeal’ of the sport
- Romain Grosjean’s car caught fire after hitting the barrier at Bahrain Grand Prix
- The Frenchman survived, prompting Formula One to start replaying the crash
- Australian Daniel Ricciardo said he watched the crash before resuming the race
- Ricciardo said he is ‘disgusted’ the near-death crash was used as entertainment
- Others, such as Sam Newman, disagreed, saying it was ‘part of the appeal’ of F1
Australian racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has slammed Formula One TV producers for repeatedly showing replays of a fiery crash in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix while competitors waited to return to the track.
French driver Romain Grosjean, 34, crashed heavily into trackside barriers and his car burst into flames. when it hit the barrier at 225 km/h during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The impact split his Haas car and two and the French driver was momentarily trapped in the inferno but soon freed himself from the wreckage and was helped away by race marshalls.
After it emerged Grosjean had survived, F1 TV producers showed many replays of the crash – but Ricciardo said it was not what fellow drivers and Grosjean’s family wanted to see while it was unclear how seriously he was injured.
Australian racing driver Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) has slammed Formula One for repeatedly showing replays of a fiery crash while competitors waited to return to the track at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday
French driver Romain Grosjean (right), 34, miraculously escaped after his car burst into flames when it hit the barrier at 225 km/h during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday
‘I want to express my disgust and disappointment with Formula 1,’ Ricciardo told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo.
‘The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays over and over, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all of our families watching.
‘We’re going to go race again in an hour and every time we look on the TV it’s a ball of fire and his car’s cut in half.
‘I mean we can see that tomorrow, we don’t need to see it today.
‘For me, it was entertainment and they’re playing with all of our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting.
‘So hopefully some other drivers have spoken up. But if that’s not how we all really feel then I’d be very surprised.’
Even after it became apparent that Grosjean was not badly injured – he was taken to hospital for treatment on burns to his hands – Ricciardo was still angry.
‘It’s really unfair, it’s not entertainment,’ Ricciardo told PaparazziF1. ‘I had a lot of rage, I still do. It was just very, very poorly handled.
‘It felt like a game and it’s not. We’re lucky he’s here but it could have been a different story. To show it like it’s something from Hollywood – it’s not cool.’
Emergency works rush to put out the fire caused by Grosjean’s car
Some Twitter users argued that it was okay to show the crash since Grosjean survived
But not everyone agreed with Ricciardo’s take, with former Footy Show host and part-time racing driver Sam Newman, saying the risk of death is ‘part of the appeal’ of F1.
‘Danny Ric (Daniel Ricciardo) says it (the crash) shouldn’t have been shown, in real time. C’mon, that’s part the appeal. Courage against better judgement, no matter what,’ Newman wrote on Twitter.
Another Twitter user agreed, saying: ‘Once it became obvious that he (Grosjean) was OK, then what’s the issue? It’s extremely scary, but highlights the huge gains in safety that F1 has evolved through. Romain’s status wasn’t unknown at that point, and the heroism of the rescue crews should be visible.’
‘Sorry, not agreeing with Ricciardo. The crash became a news story, during an entertainment event,’ another F1 fan wrote on Twitter.
‘I credit the producers for waiting to show the replay until we were sure Grosjean was OK. To see the crash, then the actions of everyone involved, told the story.’
Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured walking from his car after a crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain
The majority of Twitter users seemed to agree with Ricciardo’s opinion, with many highlighting the crash was shown multiple times from different angles
Many Twitter users did back Ricciardo, highlighting that the crash was shown multiple times from different angles.
‘That’s a human being, with a family (including small children), sitting in a car being burned alive and F1’s showing that over and over for spectacle and views,’ one person wrote.
‘You can be disgusting and watch it over and over. I’ll choose to keep my decency.’
Another user said: ‘Honestly I agree with Ricciardo, the amount of times the crash has been shown is ridiculous, watching it live once was enough for me!’
‘Not everyone wants to see the same massive crash halfway through the race even if the driver is okay,’ one user said.
Romain Grosjean shared a video saying he was fine after his horrific Bahrain Grand Prix crash
Grosjean sent a video message from his hospital bed on Sunday night, letting fans know he was okay.
Astonishingly, he only required bandages to his burned hands. He was also hooked up on monitoring tubes and kept in overnight for observation.
Speaking from the local BDF medical centre, the Haas driver said: ‘Hello everyone. I just wanted to say I am OK, well sort of OK. Thank you very much for all the messages.
‘I wasn’t in favour of the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing that we brought to Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today.
‘So thanks to all the medical staff at the circuit and at the hospital. Hopefully, I can soon write you some messages and tell you how it’s going.’
The halo device — a protective ring of carbon fibre above the cockpit introduced two years ago — saved the Frenchman from hitting his head into the steel barriers when he spun off and his car exploded into flames.
The Frenchman’s car hit the wall at 53G and promptly burst into flames in sickening fashion