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Video - Formula One racing pays tribute to Japan 05 Apr 2011

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Amidst all the excitement of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Formula One racing didn’t forget those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Taking a break from the on-track action, a host of Formula One stars paid tribute to the Asian country in a specially-recorded video message.

Amongst the famous faces featured are Red Bull team mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi. Martin Whitmarsh, Christian Horner and Stefano Domenicali, team principals of McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari respectively, also sent their best wishes.

Over the course of the Melbourne weekend, all the teams ran with bespoke stickers as a mark of respect to the casualties of the disaster, and a minute’s silence was held on the grid before the race started.