Motor racing: F1 waves chequered flag for custom over know-how

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FILE PHOTO: Formulation One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain Worldwide Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 31, 2019 David Beckham waves the chequered flag on the finish of the race Andrej Isakovic/Pool by way of Information/File Photograph

LONDON (Information) – Formulation One’s governing physique has dominated for custom over know-how in relation to deciding the official finish of a grand prix.

The FIA mentioned in a press release after a World Motor Sport Council assembly in Paris that the waved chequered flag could be reinstated subsequent season because the “definitive end-of-race sign”.

Below new guidelines launched this 12 months, a digital chequered flag mounted on the beginning lights gantry took priority over the bodily flag, which was nonetheless waved as earlier than when vehicles crossed the end line.

The digital show was blamed final October for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka being ended formally a lap early.

Drivers continued at racing speeds for one more lap however, regardless of the precise chequered flag being waved on the finish of the 53rd, the positions after the 52nd lap stood as the ultimate consequence.

That meant Mexican Sergio Perez formally completed ninth and within the factors regardless of crashing out.

The game has seen a number of chequered flag mix-ups within the arms of celebrities.

A miscommunication led to vogue mannequin Winnie Harlow by accident waving the flag early finally 12 months’s Canadian Grand Prix, an error that led to the digital flag being given priority.

In Brazil in 2006, soccer nice Pele waved too late and missed dwelling race winner Felipe Massa’s Ferrari because it crossed the road.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Toby Davis