Why was the 2023 Imola GP canceled?

Imola GP is the second race canceled from the 2023 F1 Calander. The Chinese GP canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions earlier this year.


Why was the 2023 Imola GP canceled?

Imola GP 2022 via Sporting News

Imola was poised to host the sixth Grand Prix of the 2023 season, the Emilia Romagna GP, at the esteemed Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, with practice anticipated to start on Friday. However, intense rainfall is currently affecting several areas surrounding Imola. This has resulted in overwhelming, devastating floods, rendering the region incapable of hosting the Grand Prix this weekend.

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Formula One has stated the cancellation, which reads, “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 in Imola.”

The decision to cancel the event has been made by F1 due to safety concerns for the fans, teams, and personnel involved. Given the dire situation faced by the towns and cities in the region, it is considered the right and responsible course of action. It is important not to add additional pressure on the local authorities and emergency services during this challenging time.

The Formula 1 community is extending its heartfelt thoughts to the individuals and communities impacted by the recent events in the Emilia-Romagna region. They also express their admiration and gratitude for the dedicated work of the emergency services, who tirelessly assist those in need during this difficult time.

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Related: More bad news for the Emilia-Romagna GP as Imola F1 circuit is evacuated due to flooding risk

The current situation at Imola is dire, justifying the race’s cancellation

The current state of the Imola Paddock via sdietzf1 on Twitter
The current state of the Imola Paddock via sdietzf1 on Twitter

During a 24-hour period, heavy rain resulted in over a dozen rivers bursting their banks. Additionally, red weather warnings for flooding and landslides are still in effect for this upcoming weekend. Numerous track areas, including the F1 television compound, have been submerged in water. Although the F1 pits and paddock have been spared from the worst of it for the time being, images shared on social media have revealed that the support paddock has been affected by flooding and was evacuated.

The main challenge was handling the infrastructure surrounding the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, as numerous roads in the vicinity had to be closed due to localized flooding. This has resulted in the displacement of several locals, along with the report of at least two casualties.

After careful consideration, the authorities, race promoters, and championship officials have collectively determined that it is not possible to proceed with the race safely. Moreover, it would not be appropriate considering the risks faced by the community and the increased burden it would place on the region’s emergency services.

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Due to the tightly packed schedule of events, it is highly unlikely that the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be rescheduled for a later date in the year. This comes to be the second cancellation, following the exclusion of the China GP in April due to another COVID-19 outbreak. The race cancellation comes as a shame due to the awe-inspiring heritage the track possesses, but the cancellation remains justified with the threats currently posed.

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