Sport F1 boss Ross Brawn apologises to Winnie Harlow for Canada flag woe

17:08  13 june  2018
17:08  13 june  2018 Source:   autosport.com

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Canadian model Winnie Harlow was handed the flag by race officials and started signalling the end of the race on the 69th lap. On his way to claiming his 50th career win and Ferrari’s first in Canada for 14 years, Vettel was less than impressed with the error.

Harlow , a perhaps-romantic friend of Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, was given the honor of waving the checkered flag to FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has clarified the confusion that led to model and activist Winnie Harloe waving the chequered flag a lap early at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn has apologised for the "grief" model Winnie Harlow received after waving the chequered flag early in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Last Sunday Harlow became the latest VIP to be invited to wave the flag at the end of a GP, but did so too soon because she was given the wrong instruction from an official.

Brawn apologises to Harlow for flag error 'grief' © LAT Images Brawn apologises to Harlow for flag error 'grief'

Brawn used his regular post-race debrief to say sorry for the outcry this triggered, with a lot of criticism directed to Harlow on social media.

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Loads of folks blamed Canadian mannequin Winnie Harlow for the mishap, since she was the one who waved the flag —even within the feedback part of an Instagram put up through which she mentioned she was simply following directions on when to wave it.

Supermodel Winnie Harlow has been caught up in a Canadian Grand Prix firestorm after unfurling the checkered flag prematurely. As a result of the blunder, the 70-lap race was officially declared as 68 laps long with the final two laps erased.

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"Supermodel Winnie Harlow was an innocent victim at the end of the race," said Brawn.

"She was asked to wave the chequered flag, but was told to do so after 69 of the 70 laps had been completed.

"I was sad to see her so heavily criticised when, as race director Charlie Whiting explained, it was all down to a misunderstanding between two officials.

"Winnie simply followed the instructions she was given and I want to apologise for the grief she received and thank her for supporting Formula 1."

Brawn insisted the presence of VIPs at races, and their involvement in events including the chequered flag procedure, can help attract new audiences to F1.

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This was the moment Winnie Harlow waved the chequered flag a lap early - but it wasn't her fault. F 1 bosses were left red-faced by the blunder, which Race Director, Charlie Whiting says was down to a communication error.

The Formula 1 race was found itself in an awkward situation when Canadian model Winnie Harlow waved the checkered flag before the race actually was supposed to end.

Brawn apologises to Harlow for flag error 'grief' © LAT Images Brawn apologises to Harlow for flag error 'grief'

He said that needed to be as much a priority as preserving F1's history with initiatives such as Jacques Villeneuve driving his father Gilles' 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 on the 40th anniversary of his win.

Brawn added: "Something similar happened in China in 2014, but in that instance it wasn't a celebrity waving the flag.

"As the saying goes, 'to err is human' and all of us - drivers, managers, engineers, mechanics, journalists and fans - make mistakes.

"The important thing is to learn from them and try to prevent them happening again in the future."

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FIA mulls F1 chequered flag system change after Canadian GP error .
Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says lessons will be learned from the premature chequered flag at the Canadian Grand Prix, and has suggested a future automated system .The flag was waved by model Winnie Harlow after 69 of the 70 laps in Montreal because a local official miscalculated and told her it was the last lap.The results subsequently went back a further lap to the end of lap 68, robbing Daniel Ricciardo of his fastest lap.

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