The idea to allow TV channels to broadcast team radios during the course of a race weekend may seem a good idea from an entertainment point of view. As fans, it is certainly quite interesting to hear what drivers and their respective teams are talking about. However, Haas driver Romain Grosjean thinks this practice should stop.
In light of the recent radio messages that got Max Verstappen in trouble for an incident involving Lance Stroll in Portimao, the French driver asked a fundamental question.
He said, “First things first, why is it broadcasted?
“The cockpit, and the radio to your team is your own environment, and I don’t like radio messaging being broadcasted.”
According to Grosjean, the transparency of the radio messages is a bane for drivers. He added, “You can’t always speak your mind. You need to respect people. We’re not perfect at it, and I’m not. I’m far from being perfect at it.”
Verstappen wasn’t the only one under the scanner for his comments on the radio. During race day, Lando Norris, too, let out his frustration via the radio after a collision with Stroll, but offered a public apology afterwards.
Defending his fellow rivals under the pretext of demanding too much from F1 drivers, Grosjean said, “Also you have to bear in mind that we drive in car at 330km/h, pushing it to the limits, and knowing that there is a risk involved.
“It’s not like if I was sitting on my sofa, having a nice glass of red wine, and commenting on what’s going on from outside, where it all looks kind of easy.”
Reflecting on the public outcry over the recent controversial radio messages, Grosjean believes F1 drivers have to live up to a very high standards due to changes in society.
The Haas driver said, “I wish I could be fully transparent and I wish I could be as straightforward as I am in life.
“But in the world we live in, we always need to be careful in what we say or how we say it.”
As his own F1 career seems to be coming to an end, Grosjean would want to ideally just enjoy the last four rounds. He wouldn’t be thinking all too much about results. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that he will give anything less than his 100%.