Unprecedented flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy has caused at least two deaths and displaced many locals, leading to emergency flood relief fundraisers. With red weather warnings for flooding and landslides still in place for the weekend, Formula 1 has cancelled the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to safety concerns and the risks faced by the community and emergency services. The decision came following discussions with race promoters and authorities. Some teams had already relocated staff members to different hotels as the support paddock and TV had been breached by water.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed his sadness and offered thoughts and prayers to those affected, citing his connection to the region. He also praised the emergency services for their work and thanked them for their efforts. Italian deputy prime minister and transport minister Matteo Salvini had already called for the race to be postponed in order to focus on relief work.
The decision to cancel the race respects the need for safety and avoids additional pressure on authorities and emergency services. The FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, shared his and the entire FIA family’s thoughts with those impacted by the flooding and echoed the priority of safety and recovery efforts.
According to a statement from F1, the decision not to proceed with the grand prix was made after discussions with relevant authorities, ministers, club presidents, and the race promoter. A rescheduled race is unlikely due to the congested schedule, and this cancellation follows the already cancelled Chinese GP.
The 2023 season will resume with the Monaco GP on the weekend of 26-28 May. This marks another cancelled race alongside last year’s Australian GP due to the pandemic outbreak and the 2019 Japanese GP where the Saturday timetable was scrapped due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis.