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Ricciardo admits disgust at crash replays

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30/11/2020

Daniel Ricciardo has expressed his disgust at the decision to show endless replays of Romain Grosjean's crash and its aftermath ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix restart.

While it was some time before TV images of the horrific incident and its aftermath were shown, once the all-clear was given the shocking pictures were shown again and again, almost on a loop.

While pundits and fans analysed the scenes, and some (sadly) rushed to social media to apportion blame, drivers were visibly upset by what they were witnessing.

Daniel Ricciardo has hit out at broadcasters, claiming that they were playing with the emotions of the drivers, their families and fans.

"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," said the Australian. "And then, like that's not enough, they go to his onboard!

"The way the incident 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," he added.

"We're going to go race again in an hour and every time we look at the TV it's a ball of fire and his car cut in half," he added. "To show it like it's something from Hollywood, it's not cool. 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," he sighed. "I thought it was pretty disgusting.

"Hopefully some other drivers have spoke up, but if that's not how we all really feel, I'll be very surprised."

Thankfully, the official F1 website didn't tag its video of the incident with the usual "must watch" label.

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1. Posted by Tardis40, 01/12/2020 13:53

"If Romain had been seriously injured then I would not expect the footage to be shown. However he was quite fortunate to emerge virtually unscathed and I see no reason for withholding the replays. Indeed, his escape is a testament to the thoroughness of the safety precautions in F1."

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2. Posted by Great_white_shark, 01/12/2020 2:41

"Reminds me of people who watch content on youtube and they go to the comments to complain that the interviewer is crod, the video is boring, they didn't learn anything and it was a waste of time but you'll find them coming back on every single video without fault. If you don't like it, switch off and do something else. Who forced you to watch it? Nobody asked Daniel to watch Sky F1 footage. Just go do whatever you do in preparation before you jump in your car. I for one joined the race late and I was happy to see a replay of what happened when I saw there had been an accident. They replayed it from different angles to try and piece together what had happened. It wasn't in bad taste, it is literally their job. Everyone wants to be oppressed these days. You have to cater to everybody's delicate feelings "

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3. Posted by Cobra Driver, 30/11/2020 14:19

"I share Daniel's sentiments. Having been on the track when a fellow-racer in a vintage 427 Shelby Cobra died when the car ignited and burned to the ground. The negative impact on the emotions of the participants was significant, although we fortunately were not bombarded by social media re-runs. Taking the track after the accident had been cleared was traumatic."

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4. Posted by kenji, 30/11/2020 13:38

"@ Steve...disagree? I do think that like lots of others you have missed the point entirely. No one is saying that it shouldn't be broadcast. What they are saying is that it was endlessly being broadcast, over and over. How many times did it need to be shown?"

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5. Posted by Steve W, 30/11/2020 12:50

"Disagree. We need to see it. It is real. We need to know that things like this really can happen. We need to be shocked by it. We just can't put it out of our mind hoping it will go away..."

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6. Posted by kenji, 30/11/2020 11:52

"I must say that i do share Ricciardo's sentiments somewhat as I also thought that they made a meal out of it. You are quite correct as likening it to a continuous loop! One of todays problems with social media is instantaneous saturation to meet the now prevalent need for instant gratification. This was a perfect example.

Before they actually named the driver i at first, thought it was Grosjean or that he would be involved. Cast your mind back to 2012 when Webber was on the receiving end of another of Grosjean's brain fades! That resulted in his being named by Webber as 'the first lap nutcase'. Again in 2014 it was 'the return of the first lap nutcase' after Grosjean had undertaken remedial psychological treatment and a race ban for the spectacular pile up he caused at the start of the Spa race. How no one was killed is still a mystery. Then there was his crash into the barriers 'a la Russel'! I would guess that if there was recount Grosjean would be involved in more incidents that any driver including Kvyat. Watching the overheads certainly leads one to believe it was driver error/spatial un awareness.

It goes without saying that we are all terribly relieved that he only suffered superficial injuries given what might have been but in the cold hard clinical light of reality...this was always an odds on chance given his background. Of course i could be quite wrong in my early judgement, as the cause may be something entirely extraneous without any fault on Grosjean's behalf and if found to be so i will retract my comments apart from those which document historical facts.

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