Daniel Ricciardo has heavily criticised how Formula 1 covered the fiery Romain Grosjean crash during their live television broadcast.
There was over an hour delay between the Bahrain Grand Prix being red flagged and the race restart as extensive repair work to the barrier that Grosjean crashed through was carried out.
During that time period, Formula 1 race directors showed numerous replays from various different angles of the shocking crash which cut Grosjean’s Haas car in half and left the driver himself having to emerge from a violent, sudden burst of flames and run to safety with the aid of the fast-responding medical team and marshals.
Ricciardo thought that Formula 1’s fixation on the crash whilst there was still almost a full race left to run was “completely disrespectful and inconsiderate”, especially with loved ones for all 20 drivers watching on around the globe.
“I don’t want to comment too much on the race,” Ricciardo told Ziggo Sport.
“I want to express my disgust and disappointment with F1.
“The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all our families, watching.
“We are going to [be going] racing again in an hour and every time we look at the tv it is a ball of fire and his car is cut in half.
“We can see that tomorrow. We don’t need to see that today.
“For me, it was entertainment and they are playing with all our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting.
“Hopefully, some other drivers have spoken up but if that is not how we all really feel I will be very surprised.”
Ricciardo, who spent most of the eventual race fighting team-mate Esteban Ocon out on track, finished P7 and, due to Sergio Perez’s late, unfortunate DNF, leapfrogged the Mexican up into P4 in the World Championship standings.
The Aussie is now on 102 points with Perez two points behind on 100 and Charles Leclerc in P6 on 98.