Updated: 03/27/2014 16:56 | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysian GP to hold minute's silence for MH370

Malaysian Grand Prix organisers will hold a minute's silence before this weekend's race as a mark of respect for victims of the MH370 plane disaster, a senior official told AFP on Wednesday.

Malaysian GP to hold minute's silence for MH370

Red Bull mechanics prepare the race car ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur, on March 27, 2014 - by Roslan Rahman

Teams and spectators will fall quiet just before Sunday's Formula One grand prix to honour the 239 people who were on board the Malaysia Airlines jet when it disappeared on March 8.

"There will be a tribute planned on Sunday, there will be a minute's silence before the race starts," said Dato Razlan Razali, CEO of the Sepang circuit.

"The Formula One fraternity recognises and sympathises with what we're all going through," he added.

Malaysia's biggest annual sporting event has scaled back its usual celebrations, calling off a concert by Christina Aguilera and Rain and toning down its advertising as the nation mourns.

On Sunday, Formula One teams and drivers are expected to pay tribute to the victims with messages on their car livery and helmets, while fans will be able to write messages on a tribute wall.

International teams are still searching for wreckage from the plane, which is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean.

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