Drivers commemorate Bianchi at Hungaroring

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Formula One, GP2 and GP3 drivers will sport tributes to Jules Bianchi on their cars and helmets at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

Here’s how some of the drivers are marking Bianchi’s death at this weekend’s race.

Daniel Ricciardo has a message for Bianchi on his cap.

ART, who Bianchi raced for in GP2 and Formula Three have messages on their GP2 and GP3 (below) cars this weekend.

Among the other GP2 drivers carrying special tributes to Bianchi are fellow Ferrari development driver Raffaele Marciello (above) and Arthur Pic (below).

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26 comments on “Drivers commemorate Bianchi at Hungaroring”

  1. All these tributes are very warming for the heart. It’s lovely to see the grid so full of genuine compassion and unity. #ForzaJules

  2. Jules Bianchi was a champion of life.

  3. Ben (@scuderia29)
    24th July 2015, 7:23

    putting a absolutely needless hashtag in front of every tribute takes all the warmth out of it, im sorry but when did it become a law to put a hashtag in front of an “RIP” . so disappointing

    1. This right here. I’m sure it’s all genuine and heartfelt, but hashtags are so extremely tacky!

      1. Why? Does the meaning change?

        1. Yes, it turns into a slogan that people seem more interested in tweeting to their friends than actually reflecting on its true meaning. You can’t say an awful lot in 160 characters, so they reduce it to a few characters and stick the infernal hash symbol in front of it. It’s tacky and screams “me too”, like they’re jumping on a bandwagon.

    2. @scuderia29 I think the idea is to have a hashtag so you can share your thoughts together with other people in a central place, this being on a social media platform.

      Its a modern form of book of condolences

      1. It’s a Formula 1 car or a driver’s helmet. Are they trying to attract people to Twitter or are they trying to get them to think of Jules?

        Rosberg’s tribute might be a bit more meaningful if it didn’t feature him. It’s supposed to be about Jules.

        1. petebaldwin (@)
          24th July 2015, 20:08

          They are perhaps trying to attract people to read what millions of people think on Twitter rather than simply what they think. They will have left thier comments under the same hashtag on twitter and most have also very publicly done so across other forms of media.

    3. @scuderia29 And get those kids off my lawn with their modern social media’s and their twitters.

    4. I would normally have empathy with that view, but in life Bianchi used to wear out his phone’s hashtag key when posting on Twitter and Instagram. Perhaps a plethora of hashtags is an appropriate tribute in his case.

    5. @scuderia29 I intended to post that aswell but didn’t want to do it, probably because the tribute, whichever it’s form, is bigger than any hashtag thrown in.

      I prefer Campos’ way. But maybe this is a modern twist to a tribute: social media trends are sometimes better ways to spread the word over something.

    6. petebaldwin (@)
      24th July 2015, 20:06

      I guess if you use Twitter then it makes sense to do it. If you search Twitter for JB17, you will see an incredible amount of comments giving their memories and feelings towards Jules. In this instance, whilst I can understand it may appear to cheapen the message, it signposted me towards reading hundreds of photos, comments and memories all about Jules…

  4. Ben (@scuderia29)
    24th July 2015, 7:24

    and “#NEVERFORGET” couldnt be a worse tribute to a great friend

    1. Agree. Sounds like a compulsory way to not forget something

      1. I’m certain that if you ask Romain, it will mean that he will never forget his friend.

        1. There’s also a lost in translation type thing.

  5. I like Ricciardo’s cap.

    I dont understand your problem @scuderia29. How is NEVERFORGET a bad thing?! The hashtag is not meaningless either!

    1. It’s a meaningless slogan. It’s not identifiable solely with Jules Bianchi. If I see “never forget”, I think of 9/11, not Jules.

      It’s supposed to be a tribute to a brilliant driver and a lovely person. They’re reducing it to a snappy soundbite.

  6. Riccardo’s cap just made me tear up for some reason, I have been shocked then very sad but I have not shed a tear over Jules until just now.

  7. Simon (@weeniebeenie)
    24th July 2015, 13:39

    The hashtags do bother me, it makes the message seem so corporate and hollow, not personal.

  8. Why did not one team run without any sponsors logo in respect for his life?

    I think Ferrari ran without any sponsors for one race sometime in the early 2000s (dont know the reason). That would have a better tribute in my opinion rather than sticking a small wording in the middle of a plethora of ads.

    Still happy to see the F1 community united during this difficult times.

    1. GP Italy 2001 (after 9/11)

      1. @ernietheracefan Thank you :)

        That was a wonderful tribute along with the black nose cone. Maybe I am expecting too much and should be satisfied with a hashtag message.

        R.I.P Jules.

  9. I suppose some of you feel the hashtag is “cheap” because it is firmly associated in your minds with marketing and sloganeering, but perhaps a reflection on its origin and first purpose might change your mind?

    It was first used on Twitter when early adopters were attending a conference and wanted a way for ANY attendee or person interested in the proceedings to follow along. It appropriated the IRC motif of “channel” names beginning with hashes, and allowed people to discriminate their searches from routine text because “#topic” is a different key than “topic”.

    Yes, it’s been coopted by corporations and others with agendas, but it remains an organic and democratic way of collecting contributions from disparate individuals. Crucially and pertinently here, as @petebaldwin said above, following the hashtags on Twitter leads you to reminiscences, condolences, photos and celebrations from an entire world of motorsport enthusiasts. The drivers are using their visibility to encourage people to both see and contribute to this outpouring of love, appreciation and support for the life, skills and person of Jules Bianchi.

    If you’ve really got a problem with that… I just don’t know what to say to you.

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