It was announced yesterday that all Formula 1 drivers will wear black armbands for the Brazilian Grand Prix as a mark of respect for those killed during the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The move follows considerable debate between FIA president Jean Todt and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as to how to mark the tragedy.
That was due to Todt’s insistence on holding a minute’s silence shortly before the race to honour the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The long-planned gesture comes ahead of a conference on road deaths in Brasilia later this week.
It was then suggested the minute’s silence should instead be held for those who lost their lives in Paris. As a compromise, the FIA has confirmed changes to the ceremony to pay tribute to the road traffic victims. A statement from the FIA stated the following:-
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’
Jones on F1’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the shocking events in Paris on Friday and also anyone who has been affected or injured in road traffic accidents as well.