A safety aspect brought into F1 following a horror crash has been praised by one of the sport's best drivers

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A safety aspect brought into F1 following a horror crash has been praised by one of the sport's best drivers
Ricciardo said the gloves were "a nice addition without any downside." Bryn Lennon/Getty Images and Mark Thompson/Getty Images
  • Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo praised the introduction of fire-proof gloves to the sport.
  • The gloves were introduced after Romain Grosjean's horror crash left him with severely burnt hands.

Fire-proof gloves brought in as a result of a horror crash last year have been praised by one of Formula One's best drivers.

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo was one of five drivers to try them out at the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend and said he did not notice the difference.

"I'm not very fussy with kit but completely fine for me. It's a nice addition without any downside," Ricciardo said as reported by Reuters.

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A safety aspect brought into F1 following a horror crash has been praised by one of the sport's best drivers
Grosjean's car was engulfed in flames. Getty Images/Bryn Lennon

The new safety measure was brought in following Romain Grosjean's near fatal crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

The French driver was lucky to leave with his life after hitting barriers lining the track in a 53G impact.

His car was engulfed in flames but he did manage to pull himself up out of the cockpit and to safety.

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While his suit shielded his body from the flames, his hands were left badly burnt.

A safety aspect brought into F1 following a horror crash has been praised by one of the sport's best drivers
Grosjean's hands were left badly burnt. Will Lester/MediaNews Group/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images

Since then, the FIA has been working on improving fire protection and race director Michael Masi said the initial feedback from drivers was good.

"Due to Romain's incident it was an area we started working on immediately, and I think we identified very quickly that it was an area we could improve," he said, as reported by Reuters.

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"The initial feedback from the drivers is 'Yup, all good'. There is a couple of fine-tuning elements with a couple of the brands but nothing insurmountable."

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