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There was no hidden agenda in F1 stewards’ decision, says Brawn

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“That’s why transparency is important when it comes to explaining the decisions of the stewards, especially in such a complex sport as Formula One.”

Formula one bosses like Ross Brawn says they are thinking of scrapping saturdays traditional qualifying session and replacing it with a sprint race to decide the grid. Photo: EPA

Formula One could be more transparent about stewards’ decisions but there was no hidden agenda behind the penalty that cost Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada, the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn (pictured)said yesterday.

Vettel was punished after making a mistake in Sunday’s race in Montreal while under pressure from Mercedes’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who finished second but was declared the eventual winner.

Brawn recognised that the five-second penalty added to Vettel’s time after the race had triggered a lot of debate.

“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,” he said in a review of the weekend.

“At the same time, I understand 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,” added the Briton.

“That’s why transparency is important when it comes to explaining the decisions of the stewards, especially in such a complex sport as Formula One.”

Brawn said he would not comment on the decision, given his position and Ferrari’s stated intention to appeal, but fans could be assured that it had been taken impartially.

“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,” he said.

Mercedes have won the first seven rounds of the season and are running away with both championships while Ferrari have not won since the US Grand Prix in October last year – a 10-race drought.

Brawn hailed Vettel as the “star of the weekend” and said he could understand the four times champion’s disappointment and frustration.

Reuters