Due to unprecedented rainfall and severe flooding in the region, the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix scheduled to be held at the Imola circuit has been cancelled. After crisis talks on Wednesday, F1, FIA, and the local organisers and authorities decided to call off the event, so all focus could be on emergency relief for the local population. However, the organisers have moved quickly to ease concerns over ticket refunds, confirming that all ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund or have the option of converting their tickets to next year’s event instead.
The Imola race promoters will not have to pay FOM the agreed fee of around $20 million as the event was called off due to force majeure. Unlike Spa in 2021, which was unable to issue refunds as the race had officially started behind the safety car, and fans were forced to leave the venue after a delay of more than three hours.
Promoter ACI had only signed a fresh three-deal contract extension last year, which would keep the event on the calendar until 2025. However, it is highly likely that its contract will now simply move up as it seems impossible to find a new date later this season. ACI president Angelo Sticchi Damiani has confirmed that the 2023 edition will be bumped to 2026 instead, following the contract extension, and the race will be recovered in 2026.
The decision to cancel the event was made after unprecedented rainfall caused severe flooding in the region. The call-off of the event will enable the focus to shift to the emergency relief and restoration of normalcy to affected areas. The cancellation has sparked questions from ticket holders over refunds, but the organisers have confirmed that all ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund or have the option of converting their tickets to next year’s event instead.
As a result of the cancellation due to force majeure, Imola race promoters are exempt from paying FOM the agreed fee. This is in contrast to the Belgian Grand Prix controversy of 2021, where fans were unable to claim refunds due to the official start of the race being behind the safety car.
Promoter ACI had only signed a contract extension to keep the event on the calendar until 2025. However, with the impossibility of finding a new date later this season, they have confirmed that the 2023 edition will be bumped to 2026 instead, following the contract extension.