Organisers stated that the cancellation was necessary to prioritise the safety of fans, teams, and personnel involved in the event. They also expressed their responsibility towards the towns and cities in the affected region, acknowledging the pressure already faced by local authorities and emergency services. The organisers commended the work of the emergency services in providing assistance to those in need.
“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,” organisers said.
“It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time… We also want to pay tribute to the work of emergency services who are doing everything they can to help those in need.”
The circuit was closed to Formula One personnel on Tuesday, as fears of flooding arose due to rising water levels in the Santerno river, which runs alongside the track. The cancellation affects the sixth round of the season and was meant to be the first European race. The event was part of a triple-header, with races in Monaco and Spain scheduled for the following weekends.
Red Bull has won all the races so far this season, and Max Verstappen, their double world champion, currently leads the championship by 14 points over his teammate Sergio Perez. The cancellation of the Grand Prix is a significant development in the racing calendar, particularly as it was a home race for the iconic Ferrari team.
The Emilia Romagna region has experienced torrential rain and flooding earlier this month, resulting in extensive damage and claiming the lives of at least two individuals. Italy’s civil protection agency had issued a red alert weather warning for the region on Monday, anticipating the severe weather conditions that ultimately led to the cancellation of the Formula One Grand Prix.
(With inputs from Reuters)