Formula One pays its respects after 9/11


On this day in 2001, the Italian Grand Prix was held at Monza - just five days after the horrific terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. There had been serious debate about cancelling the race altogether given the security situation, and Michael Schumacher was reluctant to take part in the race saying later that he felt it gave a "bad sign" to be driving so soon after such a catastrophic event.

In the event the race went ahead as normal with a win for Juan Pablo Montoya ahead of Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari. Barrichello and his team mate Michael Schumacher both sported jet-black noses on their Ferrari cars as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, and all advertising was removed from their cars.

Jaguar fitted black engine covers to their cars on Saturday morning, and Jordan sponsor Deutsche Post replaced its branding with the flag of the United States on the Jordan cars engine cover on Sunday. Podium celebrations were also cancelled, and pre-race ceremonies such as a flypast by the Italian Tricolour Arrows display team were also called off.