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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!"
“IT WASNT ME” *Shaggy Voice* when they tell you to wave the flag a lap too early 😂😩😡🏁🏁 but I’m so grateful no one was hurt! 🙏🏽🏎 @F1pic.twitter.com/2wBmH3SDOP— ♔Winnie Harlow♔ (@winnieharlow) June 10, 2018
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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Sebastian Vettel, born July 3, 1987 in Heppenheim, Germany, has raced in Formula One since 2007 and has won four championships.
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Sebastian Vettel celebrates with his trophy after winning the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
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Sebastian Vettel dominated to win his fourth straight championship in 2013. He won 13 of 19 races, including the final nine of the season.
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Sebastian Vettel ran away with his second straight championship by winning 11 races in 2011.
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Sebastian Vettel won his third straight championship in 2012 by clipping Fernando Alonso by three points. Vettel won five races, including four straight from races 14-17, on the season.
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Sebastian Vettel won five races and captured his first championship in 2010.
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Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the 2008 Santander Grand Prix of Italy, his first victory in Formula One.
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