Lotus to race with #PrayForParis hashtag on cars in Brazil

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Lotus F1 Team has confirmed that it will race with the #PrayForParis hashtag on its car in the Brazilian Grand Prix following Friday’s terrorist attacks.

Paris was hit by six separate but co-ordinated attacks on Friday night that is known to have claimed the lives of 127 people, with a further 200 wounded.

The Formula 1 paddock joined the rest of the world in sending its support to Paris in the aftermath of the incident, with French driver Romain Grosjean wearing the tricolore on his arm in today’s qualifying session.

In a short statement issued by Lotus shortly before qualifying, the team confirmed that it would be paying its respects by running with #PrayForParis on its E23 Hybrid cars on Sunday.

“Lotus F1 Team would like to express its sadness following Friday’s tragic events in Paris,” the statement read. “The team’s thoughts are with everyone affected.

“For tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix the team will run with the hashtag #PrayForParis on the cars of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.”

“My thoughts today are with everyone in affected by the events in Paris,” Grosjean said after the session. “I have lived in the city for many years and have so many friends there so I was particularly shocked and saddened by what has happened.”

The F1 paddock is also poised to hold a minute’s silence ahead of tomorrow’s race to pay its respects to those affected by the attacks in Paris, tying in with a planned road safety commemoration.

“We had already planned to do something tomorrow at the occasion of the day of celebrations for road victims,” FIA president Jean Todt told reporters in Brazil.

“Every day on our streets, 3,500 people die. Every day there are 30 times more people who die than in the Paris assassinations.

“We had decided a minute of silence and of course we can’t ignore what happened in Paris. We will thus have a moment of attention for what happened in Paris.”