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FORMULA 1’s governing body the FIA claims the chequered flag mix-up at the Canadian GP was a result of simple miscommunication, but insists it will “review procedures” for future races.

The flag, which marks the end of the grand prix, was waved a lap too early on Lap 69 — though fortunately race leader Sebastian Vettel realised the error and carried on at full pace to take victory.

The mistake also meant the race was officially declared as 68 laps long with the final two laps erased, and the FIA has sought to explain the incident.

“It was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy they call the starter here,” said FIA race director Charlie Whiting, via Reuters.

“He thought it was the last lap and asked them at the top to confirm it, they confirmed it. They thought he was making a statement when in fact he was asking a question.”

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NASCAR, Daytona 500 2019 results: Watch crash video, 18 car pile-up, 9 lap remaining, winner, timings, latest, live, Denny Hamlin

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The Daytona 500 threw up a huge crash that affected more than 18 cars near the lead with just nine laps of the race remaining of the race.

It all began when Paul Menard tapped into Matt DiBenedetto causing him to spin which set off a chain reaction that “ruined everything” according to the race commentator Mike Joy.

DiBenedetto had led for 49 laps of the race before the crash happened.

“I saw it for a split second, and before I could even do anything I’m underneath the 10 car, looking at his rear end,” said David Ragan, who was one of the drivers caught up in the crash.

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Mexican E-Prix, Formula E news 2019: Crash, watch video, Nelson Piquet Jr, Jean-Eric Vergne, latest, highlights

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Nelson Piquet Jr went airborne after a heavy impact collision with defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

Piquet Jnr clipped Vergne’s rear-right tyre and then flew over the top of the Frenchman’s car.

The ex-F1 driver then crashed down on the tarmac before smashing into Alex Sims’ BMW.

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On-board as driver gets air

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This led to a red flag race as Piquet Jr was quick to confirm he was okay following the incident.

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F1 news 2019: Liberty Media could sell sport, for sale, Pirelli, Bernie Ecclestone, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault, Ferrari, schedule, calendar

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Formula 1 owners, Liberty Media, could be about to sell up, according to former Pirelli boss Paul Hembery.

Liberty only bought F1 two years ago for $A10.85bn but there is a growing feeling they could be about to put the sport on the market.

While there is no official announcement from Liberty, Hembery believes people would be willing to buy it.

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