Sebastian Vettel has joined Daniel Ricciardo in criticising Formula 1’s coverage of Romain Grosjean’s crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Footage of Grosjean’s high-speed impact, and escape from the huge fire it caused, was replayed several times while the race was suspended yesterday. No replays were shown until it was known that Grosjean had emerged from the crash without serious injury.
Vettel said he stopped watching the videos of the crash which were being broadcast on screens at the circuit.
“Once I got the message he was out of the car obviously that was a big relief,” said the Ferrari driver. “Then I didn’t look at the images too much. I went to my room and just waited to get ready again, which I guess was a good thing.
“I disagree with the fact that you have to show the images over and over again. In the end we are human beings racing and not objects.
“I know that people like the car being on fire and crashes and it’s exciting but actually it’s not exciting when you’re in the car. Maybe it’s something we can learn as well, that we don’t need to repeat showing the images.”
However Vettel said he preferred being able to get back into the car soon after the crash, despite having seen what happened to Grosjean.
“Of course you are human and we love what we do and that comes first,” said Vettel in response to a question from RaceFans. “But even if you respect what you do, then you probably still underestimate what can happen. I don’t think anybody expected that type of accident today.
“So it was a bit weird but ultimately I guess it was the best to get straight back in the car and not wait for a week and think too much.”
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