F1: Ferrari to bear Navy flag for marines at Indian GP

Foreign minister praises team for solidarity

F1: Ferrari to bear Navy flag for marines at Indian GP

Rome, October 24 - The Ferrari Formula One team will carry the flag of the Italian Navy on their race cars at the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday as a sign of solidarity with two Italian marines being held in the country. The marines are accused of killing two Indian fisherman in February while on an anti-piracy mission aboard an Italian merchant vessel. The Italian government, citing United Nations conventions, says its courts should have jurisdiction over the case and has been pressing for the marines return to Italy. The pair are being held while the Indian Supreme Court considers Italy's claim for jurisdiction. Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi praised the move by the fabled Italian team. "Credit to Ferrari for their decision to display the symbol of the Italian Navy during the Indian GP," the minister said via Twitter. "It's a testimony to the support of our entire nation for our marines'.

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