Formula One may not think twice about including crash footages into their top 10 moment compilations, but Italian-Australian racing driver Daniel Ricciardo is just not having it.
Other sports does have the risk of injuries but in case of motorsports, the risks are tenfold in case of crashes and sometimes even cause the life of the racer, as the history of the sport has seen many such unfortunate incidents.
The previous Formula One season saw a gruesome and horrific crash that was no less than life-threatening, and the victim was Romain Grosjean. The French-Swiss driver of Haas, crashed into the barrier in the first lap of the Bahrain GP last year after making contact with AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat.
We’re not kids: Ricciardo expects more maturity from F1 regarding the use of crash footage
There have been many such instances when drivers have survived a crash that could have costed them their lives, but Daniel Ricciardo is not very fond of seeing the same in F1’s social media clips which compile “top 10 moments”.
In a recent interview with Square Mile, The McLaren driver made it clear that Formula One uses too much crash footage to make such compilation clips as he himself experienced the same.
“I think last year, F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the ten were crashes,” said Ricciardo, who wants F1 to treat such things as serious content and not to excite preteens.
“I was just like, you guys are f*****g idiots,” the 31-year-old went on, “maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids.“
“Just do better, guys. Do better than that,” Ricciardo added.
However, this is not the first time Ricciardo has expressed his disgust of crash footage being played again and again. Back when Grosjean’s accident took place last year, the Aussie was very critical of F1 replaying the crash footage repeatedly.
“The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all our families, watching.” the Aussie had spoken to Ziggo Sport back then.
Immediately upon impact, Grosjean’s VF-20 split into two and was engulfed in flames. Miraculously, the driver survived the crash and was left with burns on his hands and ankles.