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F1 stars to honour Wheldon

Mark Webber and Jenson Button to honour Dan Wheldon during Indian Grand Prix weekend
Formula One stars are to honour Dan Wheldon this weekend in India in what will be the first F1 event since the Briton was killed in the final round of the IndyCar season in Las Vegas.

Wheldon lost his life in a multi-car accident a matter of hours after the Korean Grand Prix, throwing motorsport into mourning for the double Indianapolis 500 winner. To cap a dark week, rising MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli was then killed in an accident at Sepang on Sunday.

This weekend, Mark Webber and Jenson Button are set to lead tributes to Wheldon after producing stickers bearing the Briton's DW logo which both will place on their helmets for the weekend – with other drivers having been invited to follow suit.

"I sent Jenson a text after the race in Korea and I told him I wanted to get some stickers made up for our helmets," Webber, who got to know Wheldon when the pair worked together as instructors at Brands Hatch, told reporters at the Buddh International Circuit. "I asked him if he was keen and he said he was. It's a nice little sticker because we both knew him. It's only natural he is part of us a little this weekend."

Button meanwhile, who raced against Wheldon in both karts and in Formula Ford, will also wear a black armband throughout the Indian GP weekend.

"I've so many memories of racing with Dan, it's a massive tragedy,” he said. "When I was nine years old we were competing and he had the big number one on his kart as the British champion. It was Dan, myself and Anthony (Davidson) that pretty much won everything in kadet racing.

"But he was the guy I was always trying to beat, the one I was motivated to get out of bed for and fight against. His is a massive loss to motorsport, but you have to take the good memories from it and look at what he achieved in his life that most people wouldn't achieve if they died in their 70s or 80s.

"It's a very tough time for everyone that knows him and is close to him. He will definitely be in our thoughts this weekend when we are racing."

Alongside Webber and Button, HRT has confirmed that the cars of Daniel Ricciardo and Narain Karthikeyan will have a black ribbon painted on their livery as a mark of respect to both Wheldon and Simoncelli.

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