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Ferrari fly flag for sailors held in India
The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso will be emblazoned with the Italian naval flag at the Indian GP following dispute.
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 19:58
World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel won the inaugural Indian GP in 2011 [AFP]

Ferrari will race with the flag of the Italian navy on their cars at this weekend's Indian Formula One Grand Prix in a gesture of support for two Italian sailors charged with killing Indian fishermen.

The Italian team said on their website (www.ferrari.com) on Wednesday they would be paying tribute to the navy as "one of the outstanding entities of our country".

The statement added the gesture was "also in the hope the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian navy".

The sailors were part of a military security team protecting a cargo ship from pirate attacks when they fired on the boat of the two fishermen off the Indian coast in February.

Italian officials say the sailors, who were released on bail in June in the western state of Kerala to await trial, mistook the fishermen for pirates.

The case has caused outrage in India and soured relations with Italy, which says the detained sailors are military personnel who should be tried at home.

Italy recalled its envoy from New Delhi in May to signal the country's "strong displeasure" with the Indian government's handling of the incident.

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso is fighting for the Formula One championship with Red Bull's German Sebastian Vettel who has a six-point lead with four races to go.

It will be only the second time India has hosted a F1 Grand Prix. The inaugural 2011 race was won by Vettel after he led from start to finish in New Delhi.  

McLaren's Jenson Button finished in second place with Alonso completing the podium in third.

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