Formula 1’s governing body has announced that it will hold a minute’s silence before the start of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix to acknowledge the massive loss of life stemming from the recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, as well as the flood victims in Australia.
“Out of respect for all the victims of the recent natural disasters in Japan, Australia and New Zealand and in solidarity with those affected by these events, it has been decided between FIA, FOM and the promoter of the Australian Grand Prix to arrange a one-minute silence on the starting grid,” a statement from the FIA reads.
The teams’ association, FOTA, has also confirmed that all of its teams ran bespoke messages dedicated to victims of the Japanese earthquake.
Jarno Trulli paid his own tribute with a customised helmet design he will run for this weekend’s race – the Italian has a fondness for Japan due to his previous role with Toyota’s F1 team.
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