The usually jovial Daniel Ricciardo shared his thoughts about how Formula 1 handled the incident playback of his fellow driver and friend Roman Grosjean, and he didn't hold back for good reason.
Daniel Ricciardo "I want to express my disgust and disappointment with Formula 1. The way the incident with 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. Were gona go race again in an hour and every time we look on the tv its a ball of fire, and his cars cut in half. I mean we can see that tomorrow, we don't need to see that today. For me it was entertainment and their playing with all of our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting. Hopefully some other drivers have spoken up, but if that's not really how we all feel ill be very surprised!"
I know that everyone reading this will have seen so many photos and playbacks of the incident as this is what the media do. They are there to showcase something like this. Watching the race it was terrifying to see it unfold on tv, and I strongly agree with Ricciardo as to roll the video back time and time again was incredibly uncomfortable to watch, let alone what his and other drivers families would be feeling. I am sure that many of you will feel the same.
Always ones to focus on the positives though, Romain is well and recovering in hospital where it is expected that he will be discharged tomorrow. Gunther Steiner has announced that Pietro Fittipaldi will replace Romain in this weekends Sakhir Grand Prix to allow the driver to recover and hopefully be back for the last race of the season. Steiner and Fittipaldi's thoughts are below.
Gunther Steiner :“After it was decided that the best thing for Romain (Grosjean) was to skip at least one race, the choice to put Pietro (Fittipaldi) in the car was pretty easy. Pietro will drive the VF-20 and he’s familiar with us having been around the team for the past two seasons as a test and reserve driver. It’s the right thing to do and it’s obviously a good opportunity for him. He’s been patient and was always prepared for this opportunity – and now it has come. That’s why we want him in the car and I’m sure he’ll do a good job. It’s very demanding being called in at the last minute, but as I said, I think it’s the right thing to do for Haas F1 Team.”
Pietro Fittipaldi:“Most importantly I’m happy Romain (Grosjean) is safe and healthy. We’re all very happy his injuries are relatively minor after such a huge incident. Obviously, it’s not an ideal set of circumstances to get my first opportunity to compete in Formula 1, but I’m extremely grateful to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their faith in putting me behind the wheel this weekend. I’ve been with the team a lot this season, both trackside and working on simulator sessions, so I’m familiar with the team’s operating procedures on a grand prix weekend. It’s going to be exciting to make my first career start in Formula 1 – I’ll be giving it my all and I look forward to starting in free practice on Friday in Bahrain.”