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The Art of Decisive Action: F1 and the Cancelled Grand Prix



F1 Cancelled Grand Prix

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix cancellation serves as a striking lesson in crisis management, contrasting starkly with the chaotic abandonment of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. Amidst catastrophic flooding and a red alert, Formula 1 and local authorities showcased a blend of composure, consistency, and effective communication, navigating the delicate balance between necessary action and overreaction—a testament to their apt response.

There’s a significant difference between the situations leading to the cancellation of both events: the catastrophic flooding in Emilia Romagna and the early, confusing stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the crux of the matter lies in the clear and decisive action taken to call off one race, while the other was not officially cancelled until a multitude of confused spectators were lining up at the entrance on Friday morning.

Addressing rapidly changing situations necessitates a fine line between appropriate response and overreacting. Despite the evident threat, made worse by the red alert issued for Tuesday and Wednesday, cancelling the race just as a precautionary measure would have been unreasonable. It’s important to consider the economic implications for the local community, and an unnecessary cancellation would have only exacerbated an already dire situation.

Nevertheless, precautionary measures were taken. Formula 1 evacuated the circuit located next to the Santerno river. Meanwhile, there were continuous discussions and evaluations taking place behind the scenes. Throughout the entire process, Formula 1 remained composed, consistent, and communicative. Importantly, the time gap between the decision to cancel the event and its public announcement was minimal.

This accomplishment should not be undervalued, as it’s quite easy to fail to meet such standards. In Australia, it was apparent well before the official statement that the race wouldn’t take place. This resulted in avoidable confusion, unnecessary travel, and worst of all, increased the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission – the very outcome the cancellation was designed to prevent.

This was mainly due to complications around liability and accountability. The central issue wasn’t the race’s cancellation, but rather, who was making that decision. The resolution to cancel the Imola event, seen from a distance, appears utterly rational. As I’m not in Italy and have previously witnessed gross mischaracterization of the situation during the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend by reputable media outlets that should have known better, I am cautious about forming unsupported conclusions.

However, what’s crystal clear is that there are more critical issues at hand than organizing a grand prix in Emilia Romagna at this time, and all available resources should be directed towards addressing those. Limiting the number of people entering the area, thereby easing the pressure on the already compromised infrastructure, and allowing local services to concentrate on the immediate problem, is the appropriate course of action.


It would have been detrimental to F1’s image had they appeared to be intent on proceeding with the event, particularly as the deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, called for its cancellation and the extent of the disaster in Emilia-Romagna became apparent. However, despite the apparent necessity of this decision, history shows that the correct course of action is often overlooked.

Undoubtedly, the fact that the authorities were advocating for the race’s cancellation simplified matters. In its statement, F1 acknowledged the key stakeholders involved in the decision, including “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 outcome was a solid decision, promptly made and effectively communicated.

While this might seem like the bare minimum expectation, considering the mishandling of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix and the 2021 Spa race-that-never-happened, it’s not something to be taken lightly, despite the differences in each situation.

Both the Spa and Melbourne events were met with widespread criticism at the time, including from F1Lead. Thus, it’s only fair to give credit where it’s due when things are done right, even if it may seem straightforward from an outsider’s perspective.

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