Formula 1 cancels Emilia Romagna GP due to dangerous weather conditions
Formula 1 and the organizers of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix have decided to call off the entire weekend following the extremely bad weather conditions affecting the area.
After the situation worsened on Tuesday, May 16th, the whole paddock was evacuated as the river Santerno was about to overflow. The situation didn't improve, and many pictures showed that the paddock was completely flooded on the morning of Wednesday, May 17th.
Not only that, many more people were forced to evacuate from their homes, and bridges and highways were closed due to the water that made it impossible to use them. Reports state that at least two people died due to this climatic catastrophe and some are also missing. The exact numbers are not clear. The situation was and still is completely drastic.
Therefore, Formula 1 decided to hold a meeting with 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 to discuss what to do about the race. It was rightly decided "not to proceed with the Grand Prix in Imola".
The post shared on social media by Formula 1 also states: "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".
Just like Formula 1, we want to send our thoughts to all those affected by the ongoing events. Furthermore, we thank all the people working for the emergency services that are helping those in need and those that are struggling.