The Sauber team will show its support for victims of the Japanese earthquake and Sauber will run a tribute message for victims of the Japanese earthquaketsunami by sporting a tribute message on its C30 cars during the Australian Grand Prix

The team holds an important relationship to the country by dint of its driver Kamui Kobayashi being the 2011 grid’s sole Japanese representative, and the cars will carry a special message in Japanese that translates to: “May our prayers reach the people in Japan”.

Kobayashi, meanwhile, is hoping he can achieve a strong finish in the C30’s first race so he can bring hope to his homeland, which has been devastated by the disaster that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of his compatriots on the country’s east coast.

“I was very worried about my country and so went to Japan after the Barcelona test,” Kobayashi said.

“I must say the situation is really, really bad. So many have lost their lives, become homeless, are without food and water in the cold winter, and have lost their loved ones.

“It is difficult to believe that a scenario worse than in any movie has become reality. We need to stay together and we need help from all over the world. I am worried the whole country could disappear – it is just too awful.

“I really want to do is my very best to achieve a good result, which perhaps can at least give the people in Japan a little bit of hope and positive news,” he added.

[Original image via Flickr]

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