Bahrain – Daniel Ricciardo blasted the “Hollywood” coverage of Romain Grosjean’s fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash on Sunday and stated he was disgusted by Formula One displaying countless replays whereas drivers had been ready for the race to restart.
Grosjean was fortunate to flee together with his life after his Haas automobile speared via metallic limitations, splitting in two and bursting into flames.
“I’m disgusted and disappointed with Formula One for showing or choosing the way to show it as they did, and broadcast replays after replays after replays of the fire, and his car split in half,” stated Renault’s Ricciardo.
“And then, like that’s not enough, they go to his onboard,” added the Australian.
“Why do we need to see this? We’re competing again in an hour. His family has to keep watching that. All our families have to keep watching that … It’s really unfair. It’s not entertainment.”
Ricciardo stated Formula One, whose business rights are owned by US-based Liberty Media, was fortunate it was not having to cope with a really completely different story.
“To show it like it’s something from Hollywood, it’s not cool. Choose to do that tomorrow, but not today,” added the Renault driver.
Asked to remark, a Formula One spokesman pointed to established procedures and protocols whereby replays of any severe accident are run solely as soon as race management has confirmed the driving force is protected.
If that isn’t the case, then nothing is proven.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas agreed the replays had been disconcerting.
“I feel like people, spectators want to see it. But there’s a limit as well,” stated the Finn. “It could have been a fraction different, the shunt, and there would have been no way for him to get out of the car.”
Mercedes workforce boss Toto Wolff stated the pictures had been horrifying however “if you’re not transparent as an organisation, you’re just taking the risk that somebody else shows stuff that is beyond your control.”
The race at Sakhir was halted and delayed for an hour and 20 minutes after the primary lap crash with observe employees having to take away the metallic barrier and substitute it.
Haas stated Grosjean was staying in hospital in a single day after struggling burns on the again of his palms.