Formula 1 racing director Charlie Whiting said that the problem of communication between local officials caused the checkered flag to swing one lap before the race in Canada.
The officer who started and finished the race and stood in the stool next to the start-finish line thought Vettel was on the 70th and final lap and asked the model Winnie Harlow to wave the checkered flag. The Ferrari driver completed the 69th lap.
Drivers, at some point in the track, the officials made a flag-waving motion at the end of the race, but the race continued one more lap.
The situation was evaluated as if a red flag had been issued, and even though the result was given over 69 laps, then the result was announced over 68 laps. With no changes in the top 10, Daniel Ricciardo got the fastest tour in Max Verstappen.
Whiting "The checkered flag was shown one lap before because we had a communication problem with the person who started and finished the race."
"He thought they were on the last lap, he wanted them to confirm it from the race control, and the race control confirmed it, but they thought he was making a statement when he asked this question."
"He gave the flag an early lap of waving instructions to the person to wave the flag. said.
Whiting said that he was influenced by the TV chart showing the leader in which he was present, that it did not show the completed tour, and that such a hadith lived in China a few years ago.
"People who do not work in F1 are confused when they see 69 tour articles."
"We know that this is the meaning of being in the 69th lap, but someone who is not very interested may say, 'We are the last lap.'"
"This is the reason why we hesitate, so we should better inform people about this."
"It's a simple communication problem, but it's embarrassing."
"In different countries, we work with people who speak different languages and everything cannot always be perfect."
"Of course we are going for your excellence, we are lucky that there is no major damage, the end of the race has not changed."