“It’s Not So Exciting” – Sebastian Vettel Joins Ricciardo in Criticizing F1 over Grosjean’s Crash Coverage




The racing accident that involved Romain Grosjean in the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix was horrific, to say the least. Sebastian Vettel, much like all other F1 drivers and viewers around the world, was in shock and disbelief.

It was then a sight of joy when the Frenchman walked out of his shattered car and towards the safety vehicle. Medical personnel then intervened on the spot and Grosjean was later on taken to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

Vettel was hugely relieved when Grosjean got out of the car that had burst into flames. However, he believes there was no need for the incident’s images to be repeatedly shown time and again.

Sebastian Vettel believes there is no necessity to repeatedly show such images

Vettel is quoted as saying, “Once I got the message he was out of the car, obviously it was a big relief.

“Then I didn’t look at the images too much. I went to my room and just waited to get ready again, which I guess was a good thing.”

Discussion across social media has taken place of whether it was right to constantly showcase the pictures and videos of the incident.  Vettel feels that much like other people, F1 drivers are also human beings and not ‘objects’.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel ahead of Turkish Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel before the match Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

The Ferrari No.5 added, “I disagree with the fact you have to show the images over and over again. In the end, we are human beings racing, and not objects.

“I know people like the car being on fire, and crashes, and it’s exciting, but actually it’s not so exciting when you’re in the car.”

“Maybe it’s something we can learn, that we don’t need to repeat showing the images. But as I said, I deliberately tried not to look at the images too much,” concluded Vettel.

Vettel did not enjoy a good Bahrain GP from a personal perspective

Amidst all the chaos, it was not the desired level of performance from the 33-year-old German. He had during the race, said over the radio, that his Ferrari SF1000 was ‘undrivable’ at times.

Sebastian Vettel during the qualifying at Bahrain Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain -Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Eventually, Vettel crossed the line to finish P13 while his teammate Charles Leclerc did not fare any better with a P10. Ferrari will, hence, hope to put up a better show in the Sakhir GP on December 6, which is part of the triple-header in the Middle East.