Formula 1 holds one minute silence in honor of MH370

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Ahead of today’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 paddock has held one minute of silence in honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared 22 days ago whilst en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

With Malaysia’s focus lying mainly with the search for the missing airline, the sport has arrived at a tough period in the nation’s history and is looking to provide some light at a very dark time.

All of the teams and drivers are carrying tributes to the airline and its 239 passengers on their helmets and cars, showing the support that the sport is looking to provide at this time.

As part of the pre-race programme race on Sunday, one minute of silence was held before the Malaysian national anthem in honor of the passengers and crew that were on board flight MH370.

A number of concerts and events that had been planned in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Formula 1 programme were cancelled earlier this week as the nation continues to mourn in the wake of the flight’s disappearance.

“Our thoughts are with those who are missing, their loved ones and the tireless rescue workers,” an announcer said to the fans. “In their honor, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the chairman of F1 Bernie Ecclestone and the teams will now lead a one minute silence.”

Following the minute’s silence, the Malaysian national anthem rang out over Sepang, with the national flag held at half mast.

Speaking earlier this week, Sepang International Circuit CEO Dato Razlan Razali said: “The Formula One fraternity recognizes and sympathizes with what we’re all going through.”

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.