The protocol for issuing images of accidents in the Formula 1 is called into question after what happened with the Romain Grosjean in Bahrain. Just after finishing the race, an indignant Daniel Ricciardo he criticized with all the harshness of which it was possible the constant repetitions with which the long wait before the start of the race was “enlivened”. The Renault driver called it an “unnecessary show.” “I am disgusted by the way they have chosen to show the accident, with repetitions and more repetitions of the fire and the car split in half,” said the Australian driver. “And then, if that wasn’t enough, the images from the onboard camera …”.
RicciardoLike the rest of the drivers, he was able to view these images both in his team’s garage and on the giant screens installed on the circuit: “Why do we need to see that? We were going to fly again in an hour. They are playing with our emotions. His family had to see that, all of our families … It’s very unpleasant. This is not entertainment.
The future McLaren racer directly attacked Liberty Media, holder of the rights to F1: “This is not Hollywood, this is not something ‘cool’. They could have chosen to show the images a day later, but not today.
Ricciardo was not the only critical driver. Too Valtteri Bottas showed his disagreement: «I imagine that the fans wanted to see the images, but there is a limit. They could have shown pictures from after the accident, not the burning car or Grosjean getting out of it.
This discomfort contrasts with the understanding shown by the team leaders of the teams, including that of Haas. Gunter Steiner he defended in Autosport.com the emission of hard images even before the race continued: “There will be two opinions on this, but mine is that if everything ended well and nothing bad happened, why not show it? I am not an expert in television ethics, but in my opinion something good was shown.
Too Toto WolffMercedes boss, positively valued the issuance of the images: “What you see is terrible, but if you are not transparent as an organization you run the risk that someone else shows things that are out of your control.”
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The protocol of the F1 for accidents it dictates that the images must be cut immediately until the real scope of what happened is known. The rule is that if there are serious injuries, nothing is repeated. “The procedures are established, after an accident all the signals from the cameras on board, from the helicopter are cut off … There is direct communication between the Race Directorate and the relay center,” a spokesperson for the organization explained in Autosport.
“No images are shown until the pilot is confirmed okay. In this case, Grosjean was shown in the ambulance, without a helmet and walking with help.
It is the race management, together with the International Automobile Federation (FIA), who approve that reruns of the most dramatic actions be broadcast. It is only done once it is known that drivers, stewards, track attendants and doctors are out of danger.
The last fatal accident in Formula 1 occurred on October 5, 2014, when under heavy rain Jules Bianchi he lost control of his Marussia and crashed into the tow truck that was rescuing Adrian Sutil’s car. There were no images that day, yes photographs. The next day, a fan did upload the video on a social network in which the impact of the fireball is recorded.
“The context is important, and during the repetitions they are talking about the importance of the halo, the safety improvements in the circuits, the advance in medical protocols …”.