F1 drivers and team members expressed sorrow following Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
“It is just terrible to see all the damage and agony. Even if that is very little, I would like them to know that my thoughts and compassion are with them. I suffer with all the people who have lost familiy members or friends, and I wish them a lot of strength to overcome this terrible catastrophe.”
Peter Sauber said: “The events in Japan have come as a huge shock to everyone in the team. We are stunned and find it difficult to believe what we are seeing.
“We feel we are helpless and realise how weak we are by comparison with the forces of nature. Our thoughts are with the people in Japan with whom we have a special relationship through our driver Kamui Kobayashi.
“We hope that the Japanese people will have the strength necessary to overcome these circumstances of extreme adversity.”
Kobayashi said last week: “My country has suffered an enormous catastrophe. The news is depressing and I’m very sad.”
Jenson Button, whose girlfriend Jessica Michibata’s mother is Japanese, urged followers of Twitter account to donate money to to a charity in Japan:
“A charity that I know is working hard right now is ‘Peace Winds Japan’ which is a charity that provides shelter, blankets, food and water so basically what we need to survive plus so much more.
“Please check out their website http://www.peace-winds.org/en. All the money that you donate goes directly to the people that have been effected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”
Fernando Alonso said last week that “Confronted with a tragedy like the one that has struck Japan today, Formula 1 and all its problems to do with tyres, wings and engines is way down the list of priorities and today, my thoughts go first and foremost to the victims and their families.”
Among the other drivers to respond was former F1 racer Alexander Wurz, who said he was urging members of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association to help support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
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