Ross Brawn hopes incidents like the one involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the British GP can be avoided in the future as the F1 managing director believes there was a chance for more drama.
The two championship contenders came together on the opening lap at Copse, with the Red Bull driver sent crashing into the barriers while Hamilton went on to take victory despite being handed a 10-second penalty. Brawn hopes both drivers will reflect on the incident because their hard racing lasted for just half a lap, denying fans what could have been a truly memorable battle.
"As is always the case in these matters, there will be a wide range of opinions on the rights and wrongs," Brawn wrote in his column for Formula1.com. "What is clear is that we were robbed of a thrilling battle and nobody wants the championship decided on crashes and penalties, and, as in this case, there was a serious risk to either driver.
"It is something both drivers will reflect on. I hope we can avoid those incidents in the future because I think we were denied a fantastic battle today.
"They raced each other hard for half a lap, and it was thrilling. Imagine how dramatic the Grand Prix would have been if that had been the whole race."
Brawn was pleased to see the two championship contenders battling it out yet again, while pointing out the sense of relief he felt when Verstappen stepped out of his damaged Red Bull.
"We saw the title protagonists go wheel-to-wheel once again, but this time it ended in a collision, which ended Max’s race," Brawn added. "It was a massive relief to see him climb out of the car and walk away before he went to hospital for precautionary checks."