Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola canceled

GP FRANCIA F1/2022 - SABATO 23/07/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

With he floods, local residents displaced and threat of more rain, Formula 1 has canceled this week’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. F1’s cramped schedule makes any sort of make-up race later int eh year unlikely but we will have to wait and see.

Here is the official word from F1:

Following discussions between Formula 1, the President of the FIA, the competent authorities – including the relevant Ministers, the President of the Automobile Club of Italy, the President of Emilia-Romagna Region, the Mayor of the City and the promoter – the decision has been taken not to proceed with the Grand Prix weekend at Imola.

The decision has been taken because it is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel and it is the right and responsible thing to do given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region. It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “It is such a tragedy to see what has happened to Imola and Emilia-Romagna, the town and region that I grew up in, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the flooding and the families and communities affected.

“I want to express my gratitude and admiration for the incredible emergency services who are working tirelessly to help those who need help and alleviate the situation – they are heroes and the whole of Italy is proud of them.

“The decision that has been taken is the right one for everyone in the local communities and the F1 family as we need to ensure safety and not create extra burden for the authorities while they deal with this very awful situation.”

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “My thoughts and those of the entire FIA family are with those affected by the terrible situation in the Emilia-Romagna region. The safety of everyone involved and recovery efforts are the top priority at this time.”

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Probably the right call here. But what does this mean for all those who would be attending? I mean, if you can afford to attend a F1 race this year you can probably (if painfully) absorb the financial blow. I hope the same can be said for the track and it’s community.

Last edited 11 months ago by speedinian
Xean Drury

Wow, haven’t heard from MBS in a long while. ~X8