Major series mistakes in the flagstand aren't limited to NASCAR.
During Sunday's Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, the marshal in the flagstand waved the checkered flag for Lewis Hamilton with one lap to go instead of the customary white flag to signify the last lap of the race.
And much like NASCAR's decision at Bristol, Formula 1 had to live with the results of the race when the mistake happened.
Hamilton was told to keep going on his radio, but slowed down briefly as he took the checkered flag a lap too soon. It was Hamilton's third straight win of the season and his team, Mercedes, has won the first four F1 events of 2014.
"That was very strange. I was thinking 'Am I seeing things?'", Hamilton said after the race. He was not seeing things.
Formula 1 rule 43.2 states that if the flag is waved in error before the finish of the race, the results of the race are taken from the order at the last completed lap by the leader before the error. The raceRead More »from Flagman accidentally waved the checkered flag a lap early at the F1 Chinese Grand Prix