“He was controlled but clearly beyond angry, as were his team who thought the penalty unfair in the circumstances," Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column.
"They also wanted to know who was going to pay for the damage.”
Ferrari looked strong all weekend and put both cars on the front row in qualifying with Charles Leclerc taking pole, but Sainz would be relegated to 12th after his penalty, moving world champion Max Verstappen to second.
But their strong showing in Las Vegas was overshadowed by the freak incident on Friday and Brundle believes the stewards should be allowed to use common sense in these situations.
Brundle: F1 needs a rule change
“There are hundreds of pages of rules in the International Sporting Code and the specific F1 Sporting and Technical regulations, but nothing which can allow the Stewards to legally turn a blind eye if something just doesn't seem fair,” he continued.
“It's perilous to write a clause and create a precedent where the Stewards can unilaterally ignore regulations in the name of common sense and fairness in force majeure situations, even if every team and others key bodies agree.
"But we really must add some wording, with due checks and balances, which can be applied without fear of ensuing legal actions, or teams using it to advantage in other scenarios.”
Ferrari are in the hunt for second place in the constructors’ championship, sitting just four points behind Mercedes heading into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Leclerc’s second place finish in Las Vegas and Sainz’s fight back to sixth allowed them to close the gap on their rivals, after Lewis Hamilton and George Russell could only manage seventh and eighth respectively.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.