With various regions of the world recently struck by unimaginable natural disasters, the latest disaster to strike Japan has sent shockwaves through the Formula 1 world. With the death toll continuing to climb and more shocking images of devastation being broadcast everyday, it’s caused many within the sport – which enjoys an enormous following in the Far East – to sit back and take stock.
But it would seem that support will be rallied quickly, with former F1 drivers Alexander Wurz, Sakon Yamamoto and Karun Chandhok expressing an interesting in getting the sport’s stakeholders involved in some sort of fundraising effort to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
Meanwhile, many of the sport’s current drivers have expressed their shock and sadness as the event unfold.
“My country has suffered an enormous catastrophe. The news is depressing and I’m very sad,” said Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.
Many have taken to social media to voice their condolences, particularly their official Twitter feeds.
“It’s like it’s unreal but it’s not,” Team Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen wrote. “I have a lot of Japanese fans and I sincerely hope they are all okay.”
“I pray hard 4 all those in Japan n the affected areas, 2 fans n their friends n families, I pray u r safe. God bless u all (sic),” wrote Lewis Hamilton.
Jenson Button – whose Japanese girlfriend was modelling in Tokyo at the time of the quake (but was thankfully confirmed as being safe and unharmed) was equally saddened, and wrote: “So much pain and suffering in Japan. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, Stay strong.”
“Following the news from Japan. Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by this terrible disaster,” added Renault’s test driver, Bruno Senna.
[Original image via LAT]