F1 and its paddock pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II


Black armbands and a minute of silence marked the Monza paddock this Friday, before the start of free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Following the death of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, Formula 1 wanted to pay tribute to the sovereign of the United Kingdom. Within a plateau where seven of the ten teams are fully or partially installed across the Channel, and some of them hire a majority British staff, this tribute was expected.

As of Thursday, all the teams expressed their condolences officially, and the same was true for the FIA, through the voice of its president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, and for F1 through the words of its CEO Stefano Domenicali.

The authorities are considering a tribute that could be paid to Elizabeth II on Sunday afternoon before the start of the Italian Grand Prix. The form it could take has not yet been communicated.

During the first run this Friday, several teams have already made a point of showing their solidarity with the British people and honoring the memory of the Queen of England, often by mentioning her name or by inscribing her emblem on the bodywork of F1 cars, with a form of sobriety fitting with the context.

This is what Scuderia Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, AlphaTauri, Aston Martin and Williams, while Alpine, whose Enstone-based factory has lowered its flags, decided to race with a black nose this weekend. Other tributes could follow within the other teams, which were sometimes taken by the weather at the start of the weekend.

Alpine sports a black muzzle at Monza
Alpine sports a black muzzle at Monza


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Aston Martin has added a sticker in the shape of a black ribbon on its single-seater
Aston Martin has added a sticker in the shape of a black ribbon on its single-seater


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The initials of Queen Elizabeth II appear on the muzzle of the Red Bull
The initials of Queen Elizabeth II appear on the muzzle of the Red Bull


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They are also found on the AlphaTauri Halo
They are also found on the AlphaTauri Halo


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As well as on the sides of the Ferraris
As well as on the sides of the Ferraris


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The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1
The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1


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The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1
The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1


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The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1
The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1


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The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1
The minute of silence in the pit lane before EL1


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