Daniel Ricciardo has vented his frustration over the TV direction that replayed Romain Grosjean’s accident a number of times after his crash.
Grosjean suffered a heavy collision with the barrier on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, with his car splitting in two and erupting into flames.
The Frenchman managed to escape the wreckage and was transported to hospital, where he will remain overnight to be treated for his injuries, which are believed to be minor.
During the red flag period that followed his crash and after it became clear that Grosjean was OK, replays of the incident were broadcast while the barriers were repaired.
Ricciardo has taken issue with the images, claiming those in control of the pictures are “playing with the emotions” of the drivers and their families.
“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.
“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.
“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. Hopefully some other drivers have spoke up, but if that’s not how we all really feel, I’ll be very surprised.”
Ricciardo ended the race in seventh place, while team-mate Esteban Ocon crossed the line in ninth.