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One race, two chequered flags: Vettel blasts Canadian GP gaffe

AFP  |  Montreal 

revealed Sunday that he was concerned about the dangers of a possible track invasion when the chequered flag was waved prematurely before he won

The flag was waved by who said she was just "following instructions", but it meant the result of the race was decided by the positions at the end of lap 68 instead of lap 70.

Vettel said he realised what had happened on the penultimate lap and sent a radio message to try and help avoid confusion.

"Fortunately, we had radio and we had the lap counter in the car and my pit board was accurate," said the four-time world champion driver.

"But if you lose radio and maybe the pit board is not there, then you back off and being in the lead, you hope all the others back off as well.

"I was just worried. I told them on the last lap, so people don't jump on the track, waving flags and celebrating, because we are still going at full pace.

"I even watched it on the TV, on a trackside screen, and after I saw the flag it said 'final lap' on the graphics so then I was a bit confused.

"I told them the race isn't over yet and they said 'no, keep pushing' and I saw some of the marshals were celebrating. They peaked a bit early!" Frenchman of Toro

Rosso, who finished 11th, said the flag's early appearance was "risky".

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 10:40 IST
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