Formula 1 has defended its decision to repeatedly replay the crash of Haas’ Romain Grosjean in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, arguing it provided important context in the wake of the incident.
Having come under fire from Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had said he was “disgusted” by the “Hollywood” treatment of Grosjean’s fiery crash, a F1 spokesperson insisted to Autosport that the footage was presented in a respectful manner.
“Firstly, at F1 this isn’t about entertainment and a few procedures and protocols are in place before any decision to run a replay is made,” they said. “Following an accident all onboards, helicopter feeds etc are cut. There is direct comms between race control and the broadcast centre.
“No footage is shown until there is confirmation that the driver is OK. On this occasion at this point F1 showed Romain with the ambulance, helmet off and walking with aid.
“No replays of an accident are shown until there is approval and confirmation from race control/FIA that all persons are safe – driver, marshals and doctors. Replays then started.
“The context of what a viewer sees and hears with the commentary is important, with them talking about the safety of Romain, the halo, FIA safety improvements, and updates from the medical centre.
“There is constant dialogue between F1, FIA, race control, and sound judgement on viewers, families and those affected.”
A 10-year veteran of the sport, Grosjean is being treated at the Bahrain Defence Force hospital for burns to his hands and ankles. According to a Haas team statement, he is expected to be discharged on Tuesday, 1st December.