Alternative tributes planned for Paris victims at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Published: Saturday 14th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Formula One will not hold a one-minute silence to honour the victims of the Paris terror attacks ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the FIA has confirmed.

A moment of silence in tribute for victims of road traffic accidents will however, still take place as scheduled shortly before Sunday’s race.

The sport’s governing body has reached a compromise to pay tribute to the 129 people who were murdered in the French capital on Friday night.

A statement was released late on Saturday evening with details of the tribute.

A French flag accompanied with a black ribbon will be draped over the truck used for the pre-race drivers’ parade. The drivers will also wear black armbands at this stage.

“Because of the horrific terrorist attacks of 13 November in Paris, the ceremony to pay tribute to the casualties of road traffic accidents scheduled for the Brazilian Grand Prix within the framework of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has been modified,” an FIA statement read.

“The drivers’ parade lap will see all competitors wearing a black armband as a sign of mourning and tribute to the victims of the Paris tragedy and as a gesture of solidarity with their families and loved ones.

“In addition, a French flag decorated with a black ribbon will be carried on the truck used during the drivers’ parade. The same flag will be displayed on the world television feed, as will 13.11.2015, the date of the tragedy.

“Finally, a backdrop prepared for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be displayed behind the drivers on the grid at 13h45 (local time) for a minute of silence as a tribute to those who have lost their lives or have been injured in road traffic accidents.”

Earlier, Jean Todt, the FIA president, courted criticism for comparing Friday night’s terror attacks in his native France to road traffic accidents.

Todt told French television station Canal Plus: ”Do you realise that the number of people killed in road accidents is by far bigger than the number of people who died in Paris.”

R omain Grosjean, the only French driver on the Formula One grid, is sporting an armband of the country’s national colours. His Lotus team, who are set to be taken over by French car manufacturer Renault, are running with the hastag #PrayForParis on their cars.

Published: Saturday 14th November 2015 by The News Editor

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