No nuclear worries in F1 paddock at Suzuka

It is business as usual for Formula One this weekend despite earlier fears about the Fukushima power plant nuclear crisis.

Red Bull denied reports it made special arrangements for Suzuka to avoid contaminated food, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso said his own routine is also unaffected.

“Nothing special,” he is quoted by Spain’s AS newspaper, “there is no danger, not with the food, the shower, nothing.”

His countryman Jaime Alguersuari agrees: “There has been paranoia but I’m the same, just like if I was in Barcelona.”

Alonso said he hopes F1’s very presence in Japan this weekend can raise the spirits of the country still reeling from the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

“I have been coming for 12 years and it’s always different but the people are always very passionate. Although what happened is very hard, I believe that sport helps to ease the pain,” he said.

“Same with football, basketball, cycling, and F1 – to make the public feel better, to think of something else for a while.”