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Teams express sorrow over lost flight

Formula One teams and drivers have expressed their sorrow ahead of the weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix over the loss of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

A spokesman for the Mercedes Formula One team told dpa on Tuesday the team's two cars will carry a sticker with the the words "TributetoMH370" for the grand prix weekend at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur.

At the traditional show run in Kuala Lumpur, the team's cars carried the sticker "#PrayForMH370".

The German team's main sponsor is the Malaysian Petronas oil concern.

Both the team's drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, sent similar messages of condolence via Twitter.

"All my prayers and sympathies go to the friends and families of the passengers on MH370 flight," Hamilton wrote.

The Malaysian-owned Caterham F1 team also sent the Twitter message: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those on board MH370."

Malaysian authorities have concluded that the missing plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with the loss of all 239 people on board.

There is no suggestion that Sunday's race, the second of the Formula One season, will be called off.

However, a concert ahead of the race featuring US star Christina Aguilera has been cancelled.

Petronas, which also sponsors the annual weekend concert, said it called off the show as "a sign of respect to the families and next-of-kin of the crew and passengers of flight MH370".


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