London Attacks Put Issues in Perspective

Formula One's determination not to let this week's terrorist attacks in London affect the British Grand Prix has not stopped the sport trying to get the balance right and show that it does care about what happened

London Attacks Put Issues in Perspective

With the FIA having already announced that there will be a one minute's silence before the race on Sunday, it has now also been confirmed that flags will be flown at half mast throughout the weekend and at the traditional post-race party a collection will be made for the victims and families of the bombing atrocities.

The events in London also appear to have put many of the recent political squabbles that have marred the sport into context. Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt said: "They show how unimportant is the bickering that occasionally takes place in our own little world when compared to tragedies like this."

Speaking about F1's reaction to the events in London, an FIA spokesman said: "It is very important to demonstrate that sporting values as well as everyday life should proceed as normally as possible.

"The mood here is business as usual. We want to show that we can rise above the mindless atrocities of those who perpetrated the events in London on Thursday. We want normality to be maintained, just as it has, in many respects, in London.

"At this tragic and difficult time the FIA, Formula One Management, Silverstone Circuits, the teams, drivers and everyone involved in Formula One send their condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives."

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