F1: Will the Imola GP be rescheduled?
Emilia-Romagna GP Cancelled at Imola Due to Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Concerns
The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, which was set to take place at Imola this weekend, has been canceled due to severe rainfall and concerns over flooding in the region. Formula 1 (F1) officially announced the decision, stating that the cancellation is necessary to ensure the safety of fans, teams, and personnel involved. Given the challenging situation faced by towns and cities in the area, it would be inappropriate to add further strain on local authorities and emergency services.
The Emilia-Romagna region, where the race was scheduled, has been under a red alert warning for potential flooding and landslides. This is the second instance of adverse weather affecting the area within a short period. On Tuesday, F1 personnel working at the circuit were already asked to vacate the premises due to the looming threat of flooding from the nearby Santerno river. Matteo Salvini, Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, called for the race to be postponed, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing relief efforts in the region.
While organizers initially hoped for improved conditions in time for the race, they have ultimately decided to cancel the event. Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, expressed support for this decision, stating that it is the right choice considering the well-being of local communities and the F1 family. As of now, it remains uncertain whether the Imola GP will be rescheduled for a later date this year. However, due to the tightly packed calendar, it seems unlikely. The next race on the F1 calendar is the Monaco GP, scheduled to take place on May 26-28.