System 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn has apologised for the “grief” mannequin Winnie Harlow acquired after waving the chequered flag early within the Canadian Grand Prix.
Final Sunday Harlow grew to become the most recent VIP to be invited to wave the flag on the finish of a GP, however did so as a result of she was given the incorrect instruction from an official.
Brawn used his common post-race debrief to apologize for the outcry this triggered, with lots of criticism directed to Harlow on social media.
“Supermodel Winnie Harlow was an harmless sufferer on the finish of the race,” mentioned Brawn.
“She was requested to wave the chequered flag, however was advised to take action after 69 of the 70 laps had been accomplished.
“I used to be unhappy to see her so closely criticised when, as race director Charlie Whiting defined, it was all right down to a misunderstanding between two officers.
“Winnie merely adopted the directions she was given and I need to apologise for the grief she acquired and thank her for supporting System 1.”
Brawn mentioned the presence of VIPs at races, and their involvement in issues just like the chequered flag process, may also help appeal to new audiences to F1.
He mentioned that wanted to be as a lot a precedence as preserving F1’s historical past with initiatives like Jacques Villeneuve driving his father Gilles’ 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 on the 40th anniversary of his win.
Brawn added: “One thing comparable occurred in China in 2014, however in that occasion it wasn’t a star waving the flag.
“Because the saying goes, ‘to err is human’ and all of us – drivers, managers, engineers, mechanics, journalists and followers – make errors.
“The necessary factor is to study from them and attempt to forestall them taking place once more sooner or later.”