Sachin Tendulkar joins F1 fraternity to pay tribute to Wheldon, Simoncelli

Sachin Tendulkar was among the first celebrity to arrive at the Indian Grand Prix Getty Images

Greater Noida: Oct 30, 2011

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar joined the Formula 1 fraternity in observing a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli who recently died in tragic crashes in IndyCar and Moto GP races respectively.

Besides Tendulkar, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, all the drivers of the 12 participating teams and their top team officials lined up in front of the Grandstand of the Buddh International Circuit just before the start of Indian Grand Prix here.

Tendulkar, who was especially invited by Ecclestone himself for the event, was seen standing in the second row behind the drivers during the one-minute silence.

Before that, he was seen along with Ecclestone, Sahara Force India’s Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Wheldon was killed in a 15-car pile-up in an IndyCar race in Las Vegas while Simoncelli died due to injuries sustained in a crash in the Malaysian MotoGP.

F1 though has not seen such tragic deaths during competition since Roland Ratzenberger and three-time world champion Ayrton Senna were killed on the same weekend in Imola in 1994. (PTI)