Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has invited 60 people affected by the earthquake and tsunami that his Japan earlier this season to be his guests at the Japanese Grand Prix next month.
Kobayashi has invited children from the MJC Ensemble, a girls' choir group who mainly perform in Minami-Soma city of Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the race along with their parents.
Fukushima was one of the areas worst hit by the disaster, with the nuclear powerplant in the region being severely damaged when the earthquake and tsunami hit.
“I hope the children from Minami-Soma have an enjoyable weekend,” Kobayashi said. “I will make sure they are well looked after in terms of their travel, accommodation etc. I will be proud of them and their heartbreaking singing, telling the world how deeply grateful and robust Japan is."
As well as inviting the youngsters to attend the race, Kobayashi – and team-mate Sergio Perez – will again compete with the message 我々の祈り、日本に届きますように。(which translates as 'May our prayers reach the people of Japan').
The Sauber team ran with the same message during the season opener in Australia earlier in the year.