Daniel Ricciardo blasted the "Hollywood" coverage of Romain Grosjean's fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash on Sunday and said he was disgusted by Formula One's showing endless replays while drivers were waiting for the race to restart.
Grosjean was lucky to escape with his life after his Haas car speared through metal barriers, splitting in two and bursting into flames.
"I'm disgusted and disappointed with Formula One for showing or choosing the way to show it as they did and broadcast replays after replays after replays of the fire and his car split in half," Renault's Ricciardo said.
"And then, like that's not enough, they go to his onboard," the Australian added.
"Why do we need to see this? We're competing again in an hour. His family has to keep watching that. All our families have to keep watching that. ... It's really unfair. It's not entertainment."
Grosjean is expected to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday, following treatment on burns sustained on both hands.
He has posted several messages to social media since the accident.
👍👍👍— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) November 30, 2020
Thank you so much for all your messages
Loving life pic.twitter.com/uTyfhTYTxP
Ricciardo said Formula One, whose commercial rights are owned by U.S.-based Liberty Media, is lucky that it isn't dealing with a very different story.
"To show it like it's something from Hollywood, it's not cool," the Renault driver said. "Choose to do that tomorrow, but not today."
Asked to comment, a Formula One spokesman pointed to established procedures and protocols whereby replays of any serious accident are run once race control has confirmed that the driver is safe. If that is not the case, then nothing is shown.
A spokesperson said: "The context of what a viewer sees and hears with the commentary is important, with them talking about the safety of Romain, the Halo [safety device], FIA safety improvements, update from medical centre."
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas agreed that the replays were disconcerting.
"I feel like people, spectators want to see it. But there's a limit as well," the Finn said. "It could have been a fraction different, the shunt, and there would have been no way for him to get out of the car."
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the images were frightening, 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."
The race at Sakhir was halted and delayed for 1 hour, 20 minutes after the first-lap crash, with track workers having to remove the metal barrier and replace it.
Haas said Grosjean was staying in hospital overnight after suffering burns on the backs of his hands.