Flooding in north-eastern Italy has claimed 13 lives and left approximately 20,000 people homeless following heavy rains earlier this week. The Imola circuit, which was due to host the second round of the 2022 Formula One season, was affected, with a number of rivers – including the Santerno, which passes close to the paddock – bursting their banks in the surrounding area.
The event was subsequently cancelled, but some personnel were permitted to remain on site briefly to ensure that equipment could be dismantled and transported to the next race in Monaco before making their exit.
The F1 community, along with the circuit and each of the ten teams, also donated all of the food that was intended for the paddock to food banks in the affected area.
Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali, who hails from the Emilia Romagna region, expressed his sympathies: “I was born and grew up in the marvellous lands of Emilia Romagna, a place that is living through some of the saddest moments in its history. The situation facing the communities in the region is terrible, but I know that the resilience and passion of the people in the region, like so many across Italy, will prevail through this crisis. We must do everything we can to support them at this difficult time and that is why we are donating to help support the relief efforts on the ground. My thoughts, on behalf of the entire Formula 1 community, are with everyone affected and we want to thank the emergency services for their incredible work.”
Ferrari, which is based just 55 miles from Imola, also donated €1 million to the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection, expressing its support for local efforts to alleviate the difficulties caused by the flooding.