The Emilia Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday at the iconic Imola circuit, but was finally cancelled due to the terrible flooding in northern Italy.
The paddock was flooded, making the race impossible. Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali, who is from the region, expressed his concern about the situation.
For him, nothing worse could have happened. Stefano Domenicali, the current president of Formula One, is a native of Imola in northern Italy. Naturally, in his eyes, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix stands out as particularly important in the race calendar.
But for several days, the organisers have been worried as severe rainfall has threatened the organisation of the Grand Prix for several days. It is now official, the riders will not take part in the Imola GP on Sunday.
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F1 president hit by ‘tragedy’ at Imola
Speaking to the press on Wednesday to explain his decision, Stefano Domenicali had a poignant message for his home town.
“It is a real tragedy to see what has happened in Imola and in Emilia Romagna, the city and region where I grew up. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the floods and the families and communities affected.
“I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for the incredible emergency services who are working tirelessly to help those in need and to alleviate the situation – they are heroes and all of Italy is proud of them,” the Formula One president said in a statement.
No choice but to cancel
The decision to cancel the Imola GP due to flooding was the “right one”, says Domenicali
“The decision that has been taken is the right one for everyone in the local communities and the Formula One family,” insisted Domenicali.
“We have to ensure safety and not create an extra burden for the authorities while they deal with this terrible situation.”
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