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Japanese GP results change after timing error

Mat Coch

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Sunday 13th October, 2019 - 10:00pm

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Valtteri Bottas crosses the line on Lap 53

An error in the timing of the chequered flag at the end of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix has seen the race results rolled back a lap.

Set to be 53 laps in duration, an error while the leader Valtteri Bottas was on his final lap saw the LED panel on the front straight display the chequered flag early.

The light panel above the finish line is the official signal at the end of the race, though a physical flag is still waved for ceremonial purposes.

Regulations stipulate that, should the chequered flag be shown erroneously, results are to be taken from the last completed lap prior to the flag being shown.

Results of the Japanese Grand Prix have therefore been taken from the end of Lap 52.

It means Sergio Perez is officially classified ninth, despite crashing out on Lap 53 after tangling with Pierre Gasly, with Nico Hulkenberg pushed down to 10th and Lance Stroll shuffled out of the points to 11th.

Bottas won the race from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, with Mercedes sealing the constructors’ championship.

Updated Results: Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

Pos Num Driver Team Laps Time/Diff
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 21:46.8
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 52 +13.343s
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 +13.858s
4 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Honda 52 +59.537s
5 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 52 +69.101s
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 51 +1 lap
7 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 51 +1 lap
8 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 51 +1 lap
9 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 51 +1 lap
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 51 +1 lap
11 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 51 +1 lap
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 51 +1 lap
13 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 51 +1 lap
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 51 +1 lap
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 51 +1 lap
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 51 +1 lap
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 51 +1 lap
18 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 50 +2 laps
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 50 +2 laps
NC 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 14 DNF

Drivers’ Championship

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 338
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 274
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 221
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 212
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 212
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 76
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 73
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 64
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 42
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 35
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 35
12 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 35
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 33
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 31
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 20
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 19
17 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 4
19 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1
20 George Russell Williams Mercedes 0

Constructors’ Championship

Pos Team Points
1 Mercedes 612
2 Ferrari 433
3 Red Bull Racing Honda 323
4 McLaren Renaut 111
5 Renault 77
6 Toro Rosso Honda 59
7 Racing Point Mercedes 54
8 Alfa Romeo Ferrari 35
9 Haas Ferrari 28
10 Williams Mercedes 1

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