F1 community pays tribute to Marco Simoncelli
22 March 2012 – This weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix marks the first time the Formula 1 contingent has gathered at Sepang since the tragic accident which took the life of Marco Simoncelli in last October’s MotoGP race.
The crash took place at Turn 11: scene for numerous tributes on Thursday as F1 team members and drivers performed their customary track walks. Members of the media, some running the circuit, also convened at the corner to pay their respects.
“We wanted to pay a tribute to Marco’s memory,” Massa added. "I think it was the least we could do for him, for his family and for all his fans. I think that all weekend-long we will drive here with thoughts of Marco.”
Early in the race, 24-year-old Simoncelli lost control of his Gresini bike, drifting back across the racing line and into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi who were unable to avoid the Italian. His funeral was attended by around 20,000 people.
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