Ross Brawn has defended the decision to give Max Verstappen the penalty which dropped him off the podium in the United States Grand Prix.
But the former F1 team boss, who now works for Formula One Management, also said he wants such controversial decisions to be reviewed in the future.
“It was a harsh but technically correct penalty,” said Brawn of the decision to add five seconds to Verstappen’s race time for cutting a corner while overtaking Kimi Raikkonen.
“I believe that once the dust is settled on this episode it would be good to review cases such as this with all the relevant parties – the FIA and the teams,” Brawn added.
“In every sport technology is becoming more and more important in allowing referees to take sporting decisions with more accuracy and readiness. It’s happening even in football, where a video review system is in place in leagues like Bundesliga in Germany and Serie A in Italy.”
“In Formula One we already have exceptional video technology but I think we need to look at how we utilise it in order to maintain accuracy and consistency.”
Brawn added his appreciated for Verstappen’s win in Formula One’s top driver poll. “It’s small consolation but I think he thoroughly deserved the ‘Driver of the Day’ award handed to him by fans, and once again shows just what an amazing talent Max is.”
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