It certainly confused Hamilton, who has seen more than a few chequered flags in his time.
The Brit, inset, said: "Starting my last lap, I glanced up and saw the chequered flag waving.
The only losers in the chequered flag debacle were the Caterham team and driver Kamui Kobayashi, who had overtaken Jules Bianchi for 17th place on the deleted lap.
Hundreds of Abu Dhabi residents helped add a unique new Guinness World Record to the capital's collection Thursday afternoon - the most people waving chequered flags in one location.
To set this brand new Guinness world record, the crowd were required to wave over 250 chequered flags over a period of five minutes without stopping.
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi residents are attempting to set a Guinness world record for most people waving chequered flags tomorrow (Thursday) at 4pm on the Corniche.
To set this brand new Guinness world record, guests need to wave over 250 chequered flags.
This year's decoration at the Merlion Park consists of a series of 20 chequered flags
flanking the Merlion.
The company worked for some of the biggest names in football, including Liverpool and Chelsea football clubs ( and even completed an urgent order of chequered flags for a grand prix race track on one occasion.
It was in April 2005 that FlagsUK hit the headlines for its order to supply the Bahrain Grand Prix with two chequered flags.
When absent-minded Grand Prix organisers mislaid their chequered flags they knew exactly where to call ( Morpeth.
Managing director Simon Walker took the order for a pair of chequered flags ( valued at pounds 30 ( last week.