Brawn: F1 should review penalty system
25 October 2017 – Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn has suggested that the sport needs to learn from Max Verstappen's penalty at the United States Grand Prix and tweak the approach.
Verstappen, having started from 16th on the grid, emerged in contention for the podium at Austin, running a two-stop strategy, and caught Kimi Räikkönen during the closing laps.
Verstappen launched a move up the inside of Turn 17 and grabbed third place, but was handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits, and slipped to fourth.
Brawn, having lauded Verstappen's drive, called the penalty "harsh but technically correct" and believes Formula 1 needs to refine its system when it comes to reviewing incidents.
"Right from the start, he produced an amazing drive," said Brawn in his usual post-race debrief.
"After celebrating with his team and making his way to the cool-down room behind the podium he was then asked to make way for Räikkönen, having been adjudged by the race stewards to have had all four wheels off track in passing the Finn.
"It was a harsh but technically correct penalty.
"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.
"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.
"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 1 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."