The FIA has confirmed that it will honor the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks during the drivers’ parade ahead of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
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.
Lotus announced on Saturday that it would be racing with #PrayForParis written on both of its cars at Interlagos, and a tribute from the paddock is now set to take place during the drivers’ parade.
The ceremony for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will go ahead as planned.
“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,” a statement from the FIA 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 13:45 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.”
“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 on Saturday.
“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.”