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Pele and 5 Formula 1 PR Disasters

Back in 2002, when the Brazilian Grand Prix was still one of the first races in the Formula One season, someone asked Brazilian soccer superstar Pele to wave the chequered flag at the end of the race. Unfortunately, when Michael Schumacher crossed the start/finish line to win the grand prix, Pele was "happily chatting to a friend," according to the BBC, and he did not wave the flag. He also missed Michael's brother, Ralf, who finished second, just half-a-second back, but he recovered in time for third-place man David Coulthard, who was nearly a minute down the road. At least Pele's delayed reaction did not impact the race at all. At the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix, the chequered flag was waved on Lap 55 of 56, meaning the official results ...

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