Emilia Romagna GP CANCELLED after massive floods force Imola F1 track to close – and it could even affect Monaco race
SUNDAY’S Emilia Romagna GP has been CANCELLED due to heavy flooding in the region.
All staff were told to stay away from the track today after being evacuated yesterday.
EPAFlooding in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy means Sunday’s F1 Grand Prix has been cancelled[/caption]
EPAHeavy rain has fallen in the area[/caption]
An aerial view of the region, where rain is predicted to continue to fallRex
And F1 confirmed today that the race is off, saying “it is not possible to safely hold the event”.
The drivers were originally expected to arrive at the circuit tomorrow, with the first practice session due to be held on Friday.
But now the entire weekend has been cancelled.
An F1 statement read: “The Formula 1 community wants to send its thoughts to the people and communities affected by the recent events in the Emilia-Romagna region.
“We also want to pay tribute to the work of the emergency services who are doing everything they can to help those in need.
“Following discussions between Formula 1, the President of the FIA, 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 decision has been taken not to proceed with the Grand Prix weekend at Imola.
“The decision has been taken because it is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel and it is the right and responsible thing to do given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region.
“It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.”
And FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “My thoughts and those of the entire FIA family are with those affected by the terrible situation in the Emilia Romagna region.
“The safety of everyone involved and recovery efforts are the top priority at this time.”
The vast amount of rain to have fallen in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy has left part of the venue underwater.
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is located right next to the Santerno river.
And there is a red weather warning in place as adverse conditions continue to batter the region.
The conditions could have a knock-on effect on the Monaco GP, which is scheduled for next week.
The logistics of packing down from Imola in poor conditions and getting out on the already congested and closed roads could prove to be difficult.
This weekend’s GP is the first of three races in three weeks, with the Spanish GP in Barcelona set to follow after Emilia Romagna and Monaco.