F1 community unites in mourning loss of hundreds of lives after Turkey earthquake

Car launch events have taken up most of the time of F1 teams over the past few days.

However, terrible news has emerged from Turkey, where the destruction caused by an earthquake has already taken the life of almost 1500 people, with many reportedly injured.

It is in times such as these that humanity stands together and the F1 community united in sending out messages of support to those affected.

Turkey has, of course, got a special place in the F1 calendar. The Turkish Grand Prix was famously used for the sport’s return following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also the same circuit that saw Lewis Hamilton win his tied world record seventh F1 championship, sharing the feat with Michael Schumacher.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali was visibly disturbed by events that transpired in Turkey, as was FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

F1 driver Esteban Ocon also took to Twitter to express his sadness.

Rescue operations are still ongoing in the country and the death toll is expected to rise owing to the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that had its epicentre near the Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep area.

While fans were largely voicing their support for the victims of this natural disaster, some thought it would be a good time to also crack a joke at the FIA president’s expense.

At Sport It Now, we send our condolences to all families and hope for a speedy recovery to all injured.

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