Formula 1 drivers and teams fully supported the decision to cancel this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP due to heavy rain and flooding in the area.
There has been bad news about the future of the Imola race since the beginning of the week, and finally, an official announcement was made this afternoon. In the statement, it was explained that all parties including F1, FIA and the organizers met and a joint decision was made to stop the race.
“Formula 1 management expresses its position to the people and communities affected by the recent events in the Emilia Romagna region,” F1 management said in a statement.
“We also appreciate the emergency work that is doing everything they can to help those in need.”
“After discussions between Formula 1, the head of the FIA, the relevant authorities including the relevant ministers, the president of the Italian Automobile Club, the head of the region of Emilia Romagna, the mayor of the city and the organizers, it has been decided not to continue with the weekend race in Imola.”
“This decision has been made because it is impossible for our fans, team and staff to conduct the activity safely and due to the situation in the towns and cities of the region, this is the right thing to do.
“It would be unfair to put more pressure on local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.” information was included.
While the team and drivers were disappointed not to be on track this weekend, they supported the decision made in the wake of the disaster.
“I hope everyone in Emilia Romagna can stay safe and take care of each other right now,” said Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
“Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy and the incredible emergency workers working in the field.”
“I know we understand that safety comes first. I can’t wait to see you all at the next race.” say.
George Russell, President of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association and Hamilton’s team-mate, said: “We are sorry for the fans that the race has been called off this weekend, but the safety of everyone involved must always come first.”
George Russell, Mercedes-AMG
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“I wish the best to all those affected by these floods in the Emilia-Romagna region and the surrounding areas.” say.
McLaren driver Lando Norris said: “I love racing, but everyone’s safety is more important. Sorry to all the fans. We’ll be back at Imola. Stay safe.” say.
Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur said: “On behalf of everyone who works at Scuderia Ferrari, I would like to express our condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”
“Emilia-Romagna is our country and it is very sad to see what people are going through right now.” say.