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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