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Jeremy Clarkson reveals HUGE race error that crowned Stroll winner

Jeremy Clarkson reveals HUGE race error that crowned Stroll winner

Jeremy Clarkson reveals HUGE race error that crowned Stroll winner

Jeremy Clarkson reveals HUGE race error that crowned Stroll winner

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has revealed a mishap during an official Formula 1 race may have led to Lance Stroll picking up the first grand prix victory of his career (sort of).

Canadian Stroll has been under immense scrutiny of late, following a difficult 2023 campaign in which he was comprehensively beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso, and a stuttering start to 2024, where he has picked up just one point from the opening two races.

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Much of the criticism coming the 25-year-old's way is related to the fact that his father owns the Aston Martin team, and has his son on a rolling contract.

It's alleged that mistakes such as the one which saw him crash out of last weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix don't impact his career as much as it would a different driver in that same seat. However, the Canadian may have benefitted from another person's mistake during the first race of the season.

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Lance Stroll has never claimed an F1 race win
Max Verstappen won the Bahrain GP

Chequered flag mishap avoids Verstappen

Former Top Gear presenter Clarkson was waving the chequered flag during the Bahrain GP, where Max Verstappen once again claimed victory.

The 63-year-old may have accidentally crowned a different winner, however, with Stroll's Aston Martin being very close to Verstappen on track due to being almost a lap down on the three-time world champion.

“Mercifully, I arrived in the pit lane, opposite the little flag box, as Max Verstappen began his final lap," Clarkson told The Sun.

“I was a little out of breath but even I could cross a road in the time it takes a Formula 1 car to do a whole lap.

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“And it was at this point that my equally merry girlfriend, Lisa, announced that she needed a wee. Right. I see. So we do what? Ask Max to park up at the back of the track until she’d finished?

“Even though he could have done that and still won, we decided not to chance it, hurried across the pit lane, plunged into the little box, took control of the flag. And waited for Max to appear round the last corner. Easy.

“But it was dark and in the time it takes to think, 'Is that a Red Bull?' the car was past me and I’m thinking: 'Oh s**t. It was a Red Bull.'

“So I was waving the flag as frantically as I could when I realised that it wasn’t a Red Bull.

“I’m told that officially, Max Verstappen won the race but the car that took the chequered flag? Well, I’ve checked the footage and I think it might have been Lance Stroll.”

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