|Like many teams Mercedes will run a message of support for the missing flight © Twitter|
There is a tragic backdrop to this year's race, with an international search effort still ongoing to find any trace of the plane which went missing after departing Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, which is now thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. There were 239 people on board.
Though the Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the high points of the country's sporting calendar, this year preparations have been significantly toned down, with a planned Christina Aguilera and Rain concert cancelled. All of the drivers and teams are expected to run messages of support fo Mercedes will have #PrayforMH370 on their sidepod this weekend."
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