The decision was widely criticised. Brawn said he “understands how difficult it must be for fans to understand why the driver on the top step of the podium is not the one who crossed the finish line first.”
“That’s why transparency is important when it comes to explaining the decisions of the stewards, especially in such a complex sport as Formula 1. It is in football, where despite the arrival of VAR , there is still discussion as to whether a handball should be punished with a penalty or not.”
Brawn believes the sport could do a better job of explaining such decisions to fans, but stressed his confidence that there are no “hidden agendas” in the stewards’ room.
“It might be useful to work with the FIA on solutions that would allow the stewards to explain their decisions to the fans and to elaborate on how they reached them.
“Having said that, I would emphatically add is that there is nothing sinister about a decision like this. You might agree with it or not, but none of those who take on the role of steward each weekend has a hidden agenda and fans can be certain of that.”
Brawn declined to give his view of the incident. “I don’t want to give an opinion on the decision, because in my position it would be wrong to do so,” he said.
“I have a lot of respect for the work of the stewards and for their professionalism and I believe they would be the first to say that they would prefer not to see a race outcome decided via a penalty.”
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