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Daniel Ricciardo 'Disgusted' With F1 For Airing Constant Replays Of Romain Grosjean's Crash

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Daniel Ricciardo 'Disgusted' With F1 For Airing Constant Replays Of Romain Grosjean's Crash

Daniel Ricciardo has gone to town on Formula One.

The Aussie driver didn't hold back when discussing the horrific events that unfolded at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Fellow driver Romain Grosjean was forced to flee from the wreckage after his Haas car burst into flames following a 137mph crash on the opening lap.

Thankfully, the Frenchman escaped somewhat unharmed other than sustaining severe burns to his hands.

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The scary incident sent shockwaves around the motorsport community with horrific replays of the crash flooding social media within minutes of it happening.

This move by the broadcasters and F1 didn't sit well with some of the drivers at the scene - Ricciardo included.

"I want to express my disgust and disappointment with Formula 1," he told Ziggo Sport after coming seventh in the race.

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"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 [and] for all of our families watching.

"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 is cut in half. 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. I thought it was pretty disgusting.

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

But Ricciardo wasn't the only one to take aim at F1 officials.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valteri Bottas was equally as frustrated as his Australian counterpart and said there's a thin line between entertainment and the wellbeing of athletes.

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"When there is a crash, when it ends up being OK for the drivers, they like to repeat those," Bottas said.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I feel like people, spectators want to see it. But there's a limit as well.

"It could have been a fraction different, the shunt, and there would have been no way for him to get out of the car. So yeah, there's a limit on it.

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"I was watching the screen because I wanted to see what happened. Once I saw it, I was trying to avoid it, but it was playing on replay everywhere.

"I don't know, maybe it's a question for people watching, the fans, if they want to see 20 repeats of that or not."

Featured Image Credit: Ziggo Sport

Topics: Daniel Ricciardo, News, Formula 1, F1, Australia, Romain Grosjean

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