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Grosjean's wife thanks Ricciardo for 'replay' comments

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03/12/2020

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that Romain Grosjean's wife, Marion thanked him for his stance on the replays of her husband's crash.

Speaking after last Sunday's race, Ricciardo hit out at broadcasters for their insensitivity in showing seemingly endless replays of the horrific accident and the dramatic events that followed.

Claiming that the replays were "disgusting", Ricciardo said broadcasters were treating the coverage as though it was something out of "Hollywood".

Talking to reporters today, just four days later, it was clear he remains angry at the coverage.

"I guess my stance hasn't changed," admitted the Renault driver. "I felt like once they showed it once and then we'd obviously seen him jump out and get into the medical car, I felt like that was all we really needed to see.

"I felt like it was inconsiderate to his family," he continued, "but also it was a distraction because every time we'd go into the garage and try and find out what was happening, the only thing that was on was it seemed like endless replays.

"Trying to get the engineer's attention or the mechanics'... everyone was a little bit spaced out or rattled from it all, which is completely understandable.

"I bumped into Romain's wife, Marion and she appreciated my comments," he revealed, "and I think that's all the validation I needed.

"For me I was never really into crashes," said Ricciardo, who is to meet with F1 bosses to discuss his comments. "You get sent clips and, 'oh, did you see the crashes at the Indy 500 or something?'

"It was never really appealing to me, obviously. Some people love it. Some people love the debris everywhere, but I feel like I'm not ten years old any more. You know, you kind of grow out of that."

Asked about the meeting with F1 bosses, he said: "There was the offer and I will take that offer up today.

"After the race I was heated," he admitted, "but also I had to dissect my own race and I did not feel like it was the right time.

"So I will hear them out today and hear the reasons and go from there. So obviously I'm happy to hear and be educated.

"I do not have a mega suggestion," he admitted, "but I feel they could fill (the delay) with less flames and something else."

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1. Posted by Greg, 04/12/2020 14:04

"Fully agree. One or two replays and then finish with it. We dont need to see it for 1 hour with continuous commentary on the accident."

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2. Posted by kenji, 04/12/2020 0:39

"Ricciardo's comments mirror my own thoughts on this matter. Multiple replays, coming thick and fast were totally unnecessary IMO. Most of people have misread what Ricciardo actually said and that is indicative of the times i suppose. To Daniel, stay firm and stick with your opinions."

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3. Posted by Old F1 Fan, 04/12/2020 0:16

"I have read the FIA's justification for the broadcast and it does not hold water. There is no good reason to bombard the viewers with over an hour of repeated replays of the worst accident F1 has seen for years. It was in incredibly bad taste and the person responsible for making that choice should be reprimanded or fired."

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4. Posted by Wokingchap, 03/12/2020 20:09

"Even more applause. Well done Daniel for speaking out."

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