The death of Queen Elizabeth II of England at the age of 96 this Thursday has caused a great avalanche of tributes in the world of motorsport and Formula 1.
As a sign of respect to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, F1 teams, drivers and staff will gather in the Monza pitlane ten minutes before the start of Free Practice 1 at 2pm to offer their respects.
A similar tribute is also planned to take place before Sunday’s race when everyone is on the starting grid, but details have yet to be finalized.
Key F1 figures expressed and shared their condolences with the Royal Family following the Queen’s passing, while praising the impact it had around the world.
Top-flight managing director Stefano Domenicali said: “Formula 1 mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired many people around the world. the world”.
“Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
George Russell said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her devotion to our country and her leadership were an inspiration to many generations in the UK and around the world.”
“My family and I send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and all those who have admired their services to our country over seven decades.”
The McLaren team changed its colors on social networks to black as a sign of respect, and recalled the influence that the Queen had. In addition, he also published an image of the day the current factory of the McLaren Technology Center was inaugurated.
Ferrari called it “groundbreaking” and also offered condolences to the royal family and British members of the paddock.
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem issued a statement making clear the influence of the Queen and the Royal Family on the growth of motor racing.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” he said.
“The Queen has undoubtedly been one of the most respected heads of state to have ever lived, and I send my condolences, and those of the entire FIA community, to the Royal Family and to all citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.” .
“Motor sport, and especially Formula 1, has its heart in the United Kingdom, and the Royal Family has over the years given great support to the category. For that reason we thank them, and the events that are celebrated around the world this weekend will undoubtedly be held in honor of Her Majesty,” he concluded.