Ross Brawn has apologised to Winnie Harlow after she came in for some stick for waving the chequered flag a lap early in Canada, a mistake that was not her own doing.

Harlow, a model celebrity in the paddock, was given the honour of waving the chequered flag at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It, however, went horribly wrong when the starter gave her the order to do so at the end of lap 69.

And while the full race distance was completed, the results were counted back to lap 68.

Brawn insists it was not Harlow’s fault.

“Supermodel Winnie Harlow was an innocent victim at the end of the race,” said the F1 sporting boss.

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