The natural disaster in Japan has not left the Formula One paddock unmoved.

The death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami is being updated on an hourly basis, and we have no idea of how high the figure may go.

"The situation is still unclear, so we have to wait and see what happens," said Sebastian Vettel. "But it's definitely bad enough already."

Fernando Alonso also expressed his condolences immediately the news broke on Friday, adding that there are clearly more important things in life than Formula One.

"When you are confronted with a tragedy on the scale of what we've seen in Japan, that puts Formula One into perspective, with its tyres, wings, engine sizes and other problems," said the Ferrari driver. "My thoughts today are first and foremost with the victims and their families."

Virgin driver Timo Glock was also deeply affected: "It's shocking to see what has happened in Japan. I'm following it all on the TV news channels and can barely believe my eyes."

Alexander Wurz wrote on his Twitter page that he would be asking the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) to help the ravaged country. Also keen to help are Sakon Yamamoto and Karun Chandhok. Concrete proposals will no doubt be forthcoming over the next few days.