After Romain Grosjean suffered his horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula 1 replayed the incident on numerous occasions.
Grosjean’s accident happened on lap one of the race, his car crashed into the barriers, got cut in half and burst into flames. Thankfully the French driver escaped with minor injuries and afterward F1 decided to show many replays of the incident.
After the race Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo criticized Formula 1 for being inconsiderate toward Grosjean’s and other drivers’ families. Valtteri Bottas wasn’t as harsh.
“When there is a crash, when it ends up being OK for the drivers, they like to repeat those,” said Bottas.
“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.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Formula 1 needed to be “transparent” with the incident.
“If FOM is not showing it, then somebody else is going to have a mobile phone there and film, and you need to be transparent,” said the Austrian.
“Those images were frightening and graphic, but if you’re not transparent as an organisation, you’re just taking the risk that somebody else shows stuff that is beyond your control.”