Formula One Directors angered a prominent driver on the paddock. Daniel Ricciardo expressed his disgust & disappointment towards the F1 Race Directors, who continuously showed footage of Romain Grosjean’s accident at Bahrain. This is one of the worst incidents seen in modern-day Formula One, with Daniel Ricciardo believing greater respect should’ve been shown towards Grosjean.
Daniel Ricciardo mentioned that repeatedly showing footage of Grosjean nearly losing his life is disrespectful. The Australian driver isn’t incorrect, with replays liking causing additional trauma for family members & friends watching to guarantee their loved one’s safety. Grosjean’s incident shows a reoccurring issue in Formula One, which indicates Race Directors don’t care about driver safety & more about viewer excitement.
Romain Grosjean experienced a horrific crash at the Bahrain International Circuit, with the event occurring on Lap One by Turn Three. Grosjean impacted into the barriers & prompted his Haas to split apart, with an explosion following after Survival Fuel Cells were pierced. Fuel burned around Romain for eighteen seconds before the French driver removed himself from the melting wreckage.
It’s suspected that Romain Grosjean sustained third-degree burns to his Ankle & Hands, with additional damage maintained via broken ribs. The Bahrain GP was red flagged after the horrific accident, with several drivers watching nearby TVs to guarantee that Romain had survived. When footage of Romain leaving his Haas was shown, cheers from the paddock were heard. Kevin Magnussen & Lewis Hamilton were both seen clapping after Grosjean survived.
Ricciardo’s Formal Disappointment
Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t happy with the incident. He formally expressed his disgust & disappointment in the Formula One Race Directors, that what they’d done was disrespectful & inconsiderate towards Romain’s family. It’s hoped by Ricciardo that other drivers will express their anger going forward, potentially allowing regulation changes that demand crash footage be shown a limited number of times.