The Lotus F1 team is to pay its respects to the victims of a deadly train crash in Spain on Wednesday by carrying the flag of the Galicia region where the accident took place.
80 people died in the accident outside Santiago de Compostela, and a further 90 of the 218 passengers that had been on board remain on hospital as of Friday morning. A police investigation is ongoing into the cause of the crash, with one of the drivers of the train who survived the accident thought to be one line of inquiry amid reports that the train was going too fast through a non-high speed section of track.
The chairman of the Lotus F1 team, Gerard Lopez, has family that hails from the Galicia region and has decided that the team will incorporate the regional flag into the car's livery for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix
as a mark of respect for all those killed or injured in the accident.
In a statement released by the team. Lopez said that “Following the tragic accident on Wednesday 24th July 2013 involving the passenger train in Galicia, I and all within Lotus F1 Team would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those affected and involved.
“As a Galician, I will provide all the help and support possible to those affected by this disaster, which has taken place in an area of the country I know and love so well. As an expression of support, I would like to reach out to those involved and show my unity to the region.
“Furthermore, as a mark of respect and display of moral support, Lotus F1 team will drive with the Galician flag on the rear wing end plates of both E21 Formula 1 cars throughout the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix."
The flag will be on the #7 and #8 cars of Kimi Raikkonen
and Romain Grosjean
for this weekend's race in Budapest which gets underway with Free Practice on Friday morning.
Temperatures at the Hungaroring
are expected to reach 40C (104F) for the race on Sunday afternoon.