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F1 Grand Prix Cancelled Amidst Catastrophic Flooding



F1 Imola 2023 Cancelled

In a stark reminder of nature’s fury, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a marquee event in the Formula 1 calendar, has been halted to assist with disaster relief efforts following a devastating flood. As the waters ravage the region, causing loss of life and significant infrastructure damage, the world of F1 has chosen safety and responsibility over sport, underscoring the gravity of the crisis.

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a prominent event in Formula 1, has been cancelled in order to focus on disaster relief activities in the wake of catastrophic flooding in the area.

The distressing event has reportedly claimed at least three lives and necessitated the evacuation of thousands from their residences, with a city mayor describing it as “Romagna’s most tragic night in its history”.

The region, which is home to the Imola circuit, had issued serious weather alerts for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Formula 1 staff were instructed to vacate the racetrack and they were not permitted to come back on Wednesday.

The Santerno river, located adjacent to the track, has caused flooding of the circuit facilities, though as of Wednesday morning, the worst of the water had spared the F1 paddock.

However, the more significant concern lies in the extensive flooding’s ramifications in other areas, including severe infrastructure problems such as road and bridge shutdowns in the nearby vicinity.


The severe flood has resulted in the displacement of numerous individuals and, tragically, has led to loss of life for the second time in a matter of weeks.

One of the possibilities considered on Wednesday morning involved postponing the event’s commencement, given the teams and the FIA had lost a day and a half of preparation at the track, and then operating a reduced schedule over the weekend.

Nevertheless, considering the emergency circumstances, F1 has resolved that “conducting the event safely for our fans, teams, and personnel is not feasible and it is the prudent and responsible action given the situation confronted by the towns and cities in the region”.

“F1’s statement added, “It wouldn’t be appropriate to place additional strain on local authorities and emergency services during this challenging period.”

“It is profoundly heartbreaking to witness what has transpired in Imola and Emilia Romagna, the town and region where I was raised. My thoughts and prayers go out to the flood victims, their families, and the communities affected,” expressed Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of F1.

“I wish to extend my deep gratitude and admiration to the extraordinary emergency services who are working round the clock to aid those in need and mitigate the situation – they are truly heroes, and the entire nation of Italy is proud of them.

“The decision that has been reached is the correct one for all the local communities and the F1 family. We must prioritize safety and refrain from adding any extra burden to the authorities as they grapple with this terribly grim situation.”


Rescheduling the event for later in the year seems unlikely considering the already congested calendar.

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