Daniel Ricciardo has questioned whether some Formula 1 drivers are too "proud" to improve safety in the sport due to the appeal of danger, but admits that incidents like Romain Grosjean’s terrifying accident in Bahrain might act as a wake-up call.
Grosjean’s Haas dramatically went up in flames when he crashed in the opening lap of the race in November, with the car splitting into two after piercing the Armco barrier. The Frenchman miraculously managed to walk away, though suffered burns to his hands.
Ricciardo has admitted that accidents like Grosjean’s act as a reminder of the dangers posed by motorsport, something that he thinks many drivers do not always remember.
"I think some drivers can be a little bit... I don't know if it's proud or scared... to change the sport from a safety point of view," the Australian told Sky Sports F1. "Because to be honest it's why we grew up loving the sport.
"We started racing go-karts from a young age because it was dangerous, because it was a little bit rebellious. It was wild, it was fast and it gave you a good spike of adrenaline.
"I think we have always loved that element of it but at the same time none of us want to get killed doing this. Unfortunately you need at some times incidents to really raise the alarms for some drivers."
Whilst the drivers awaited the restart of the race following Grosjean’s accident, replays were shown repeatedly and Ricciardo was openly critical of this at the time. The former Renault driver said he was "disgusted and disappointed" with Formula 1 for continuing to show the incident.
Meanwhile Grosjean has been continuing his recovery and recently told fans on social media that he had experienced his first day without painkillers since the accident, adding: "So far so good"