Pursuits scaled down, but race is nevertheless on
By: GMM on March 26, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The Formula 1 race in Malaysia will still go on as planned, regardless of the latest news that that Malaysian Airlines flight that had been missing has been confirmed as crashed.
This weekend’;s Formula A single race is going ahead, in spite of confirmation the sick-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 virtually undoubtedly crashed into the ocean.
Amid the nearly 3-week mystery about the whereabouts of the plane and its 239 occupants, Britain’;s Mirror newspaper claims Mercedes planned to run “Come Property MH370” signage on its W05 cars during the Grand Prix weekend.
But earlier this week, the Malaysian prime minister announced that the plane had crashed somewhere in the southern Indian ocean, killing all on board.
DPA news company now reports that Mercedes, title sponsored by the Malaysian oil giant Petronas, will run the words “Tribute to MH370” on the vehicles at Sepang.
Petronas mentioned race weekend concerts featuring pop star Christina Aguilera have been cancelled as “a signal of respect to the households and next-of-kin of the crew and passengers of flight MH370.”
“It is genuinely a tragedy and we are deeply saddened about the crew and passengers,” Petronas said in a statement.
The similarly Petronas-sponsored Grand Prix, nevertheless, is going ahead.
“The ambiance is subdued, and I realize everybody is talking about it all over the place and asking why we are internet hosting an F1 race beneath the circumstances,” explained Sepang circuit boss Razlan Razali.
“But it is one thing that was made a decision a prolonged time ago.”
Also set to go ahead in Kuala Lumpur is the 2014 edition of the Laureus globe sports awards, to be attended by nominee Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday.
Laureus chairman Edwin Moses explained, “We truly feel the appropriate action at this time is to scale down some of our pursuits over the next 2 days.”
It is also believed F1 officials will meet ahead of the race weekend to organize a suitable tribute for the victims of the sick-fated flight.
Elsewhere, 62 % of those surveyed by the German news company SID mentioned F1’;s governing entire body ought to cancel the inaugural Russian Grand Prix above the Crimean crisis.
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