Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has reignited tensions with officials over their glorification of crashes.
It had appeared Daniel Ricciardo‘s disgust toward Formula 1 officials had eased after exploding at the governing body over its glorification of Romain Grosjean’s horror crash, but that is now clearly not the case.
The Western Australian was left seething as Formula 1 rolled out an avalanche of replays of Grosjean’s death-defying Bahrain Grand Prix crash last year, labelling its reaction to the incident “disgusting”.
The 31-year-old’s outburst led to him in December meeting with Formula 1 director of marketing and communications Ellie Norman to discuss the coverage of the crash, thus leading followers of the sport to believe tensions had eased.
But an interview with UK lifestyle magazine Square Mile carried out this week has revealed Ricciardo’s anger toward general coverage of crashes is continuing to simmer.
“I think last year F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘Top-10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the 10 were crashes,” Ricciardo said.
“I was just like, ‘You guys are f—ing idiots. Maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content’. And that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids. Just do better, guys. Do better than that.”
Grosjean’s Haas car burst into a fireball at 225 kilometres per hour during the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and although the Frenchman miraculously survived the crash, he’s had to see a psychologist in an attempt to tame his demons.
The 34-year-old also sustained horrifying burns to both hands, which he revealed in posts on social media from his hospital bed.
But despite the terrifying scenes, replays of the crash were played on loop as Grosjean’s rivals, including Ricciardo, waited on the side of the track for emergency crews.
Formula 1 also splashed footage of the crash all over social media.
“The way the incident of Grosjean 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,” Ricciardo said in the wake of the crash late last year.
“We’re going to go race again in an hour and every time we look on the TV it’s a ball of fire and his car’s cut in half.
“I mean 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 and I thought it was pretty disgusting.”
Formula 1 defended its decision at the time to roll through replays of the crash, arguing officials had only begun to show footage once they were certain Grosjean was alive and in safe hands.