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Sebastian Vettel had an idea something was wrong, but he didn’t want to jeopardize anything, especially the safety of people at the track.
The four-time Formula One champion and current points leader saw the checkered flag come out on the 69th lap of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, even though the race was scheduled for 70.
“I was a bit confused. I told (my team) I don’t think the race is over yet,” Vettel said. “Some of the marshals were already celebrating. … I was just worried that people don’t jump on the track and start celebrating. We’re still going at full pace.”
The culprit was supermodel Winnie Harlow, who was handed the checkered flag and waved it early, signaling the end of the race. The cars, meanwhile, continued around the track for another lap, despite it not officially counting.
Harlow said she was just following instructions.
“IT WASN’T ME,” she tweeted, accompanied by several emojis. “but I’m so grateful no one was hurt!”
The gaffe didn’t have any impact on the race’s outcome.
Vettel led from start to finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in picking up his third win of the season.
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