Formula 1 plans to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence at the Italian Grand Prix.
The world’s longest-reigning and most recognizable monarch passed away on Thursday night, just hours after it emerged she was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle.
F1 immediately issued a statement paying tribute to the UK’s queen of the last 70 years.
“Formula 1 mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“For more than seven decades, he dedicated his life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired so many around the world.
“Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
A minute of silence is planned with all teams participating before the first practice session on Friday. It will take place in the Monza pitlane at 13:50 local time, 10 minutes before practice starts.
Another minute’s silence is likely to be observed on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.
Various F1 teams have paid tribute following the queen’s death.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an inspiring figure who dedicated her life to public service with integrity and quiet leadership for 70 years,” said Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff.
“The impact he had in the UK and around the world will be felt for generations to come and the values he championed are the best of all human values: dignity, respect and compassion.
“We send our deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in 2013, said: “Very sad to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“His remarkable reign touched and moved so many; remaining firm in her duties as a mother and our monarch until the end.
“I had the honor of meeting Her Majesty a couple of times and she will be remembered by a country and Commonwealth whom she served for over 70 years, devoting herself with dignity and dedication without reservation.
“I would like to take the opportunity to send my deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this time.”
The McLaren Racing team mourns the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, while remembering her incredible reign. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and people around the world during this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/IqCQKpLVdC
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 8, 2022
“On behalf of the entire Aston Martin family, I wish to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen,” said Aston Martin Chairman Lawrence Stroll.
“We remember the light that shone across the world; the people he gathered; the many lives it touched.
“We also remember his sense of duty – an unwavering devotion to both the UK and the Commonwealth.
“Her was a life lived beyond herself. United in pain, we remember her great life, long in years and enormous in achievements.
“To the royal family, we offer our deepest condolences, as we join the world in mourning.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem described the queen as “undoubtedly one of the most respected heads of state that has ever lived”, adding that “motor racing, and especially Formula 1, has its heart in the UK, and the Royal Family has over the years given great support and patronage to the sport.”
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