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Formula 1 has called off the 2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix following emergency talks

This weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola has been called off due to major flooding, which has reportedly claimed the lives of three locals.

The decision follows emergency talks this morning between Formula 1 bosses, the race organisers and notable delegates in the city. 

In a statement, F1 said it was “not possible” to safely hold the event “for our fans, the teams and our personnel”, adding that it was "the right and responsible thing to do, given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region”.

It added that “it would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time”.

The Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy has been battered by heavy rain in recent days, with red weather warnings issued for Tuesday and Wednesday. Authorities have advised people to move to higher ground.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali 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.”

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FastRenaultFan 17 May 2023
It is good to see F1 make the right decision for once. No way that it would have been right for it to go ahead so its a good call and as said by another poster there is far too many races now anyway.
I think 16 in a year is plenty. Quality over quantity is better.
xxxx 17 May 2023

Lets just say MV won it.

Peter Cavellini 17 May 2023

Certainly seems that way doesn't it?,but whose fault was that?, when McLaren were dominating decades ago there wasn't the furore the accusations like it is now, it's not about racing now, it's about financial gains, why so many races?, it makes it boring that a team could have won the season after ten or so races and the rest of the season well just isn't worth watching.

sabre 17 May 2023
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Certainly seems that way doesn't it?,but whose fault was that?, when McLaren were dominating decades ago there wasn't the furore the accusations like it is now, it's not about racing now, it's about financial gains, why so many races?, it makes it boring that a team could have won the season after ten or so races and the rest of the season well just isn't worth watching.

If there were less races you would say the same for seven or so races. You are right about F1 and money, the proof lies in the drivers. None of them grew in a poor family.