Vettel was the leader for every lap, including the 68th and winning lap, despite the Canadian GP typically being a 70-lap race. Lewis Hamilton also took the chequered flag early at the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix, when it was waved one lap early by mistake.
After the race, Whiting clarified that Harlow was told when to the wave the flag and it was down to miscommunication between the "starter" and race control.
Canadian model Winnie Harlow blamed race officials for telling her the wrong time to wave the flag. For that reason, everyone was able to joke about the incident afterward, including Niko Hulkenberg, who finished seventh.
Thankfully for the person who waved the flag, the mistake doesn't change any positions as there weren't any last-lap passes that are suddenly nullified.
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"He told the flag waver [Harlow] to wave it a lap early, so it wasn't anything to do with the fact it was a celebrity flag waver". The regulation has been invoked a couple of times in the past: According to ESPN, soccer legend Pele failed to wave the flag at the right moment at the 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The error had a small ramification on how the race will be recorded in the history books: it meant Daniel Ricciardo lost the fastest lap of the race he had set on lap 70, meaning that accolade went to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.
"He just showed it a lap early, or he told the flag waver to show it a lap early, so it wasn't anything to do with the fact that it was a celebrity flag waver". In this case, the cars were still going full speed on what should have been the final lap as the drivers waited for clarification on the situation.