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  Monday, 1 April, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Pacy German too quick for Pele
Michael Schumacher crossed the line in Brazil before Pele unfurled the chequered flag
Pele eventually unveiled the chequered flag
When it came to mesmerising opposition defences, few players can match Pele's magnificent legacy.

But the Brazilian's impact during his short Formula One career has been less impressive - although, in many ways, equally memorable.

At the climax of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, guest of honour Pele was happily chatting to a friend as he stood overlooking the finish line.

Unfortunately, the soccer legend was so engrossed in his conversation, he was completely oblivious to Michael Schumacher's speeding Ferrari hurtling over the line to complete victory.


I so much wanted to wave the flag for a Brazilian driver. Shame it was not to be this time
Pele

It is an image destined for the 'what happened next?' section on A Question Of Sport.

One man not laughing at the time was the victorious Schumacher, who confessed: "I was going like this (punching the air with his fist) and then, I thought, where's the chequered flag?"

The confusion was soon sorted after Pele, realising his error, began waving the flag in time for third-place David Coulthard.

"I so much wanted to wave the flag for a Brazilian driver. Shame it was not to be this time," Pele told Universal Online.

Whether he will be trusted with waving the flag for any driver in the future - regardless of nationality - is not yet known.

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