28 Oct 2011

Webber and Button to honour Wheldon

12:32 pm on 28 October 2011

The Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Mark Webber will pay a special tribute to late British racer and friend Dan Wheldon at this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix after a grim month for motorsport.

Wheldon, a former racetrack rival of both McLaren's Button and Red Bull's Webber, was killed in a fiery 15-car pileup at the season-ending IndyCar race in Las Vegas on October the 16th.

The following weekend, flamboyant Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli died when he fell and was struck by other bikes at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Button says he will wear a black armband and also have Wheldon's DW logo on the top of his helmet, as will Australian Webber.

Button raced against Wheldon in the early years of his career and recalled the good times they had together in Britain.

Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel met Simoncelli earlier in the year and says he watched his television in horror as the Italian crashed.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he too had watched as Simoncelli crashed but added that riders and drivers knew the risks they were taking.