Imola race weekend has been postponed
“The decision has been taken not to proceed with the Grand Prix weekend in Imola.”- wrote F1.
It has been raining for days in many parts of Europe. The heavy rain particularly affected Italy's Emilia Romagna region, where 200-500 millimeters of rain fell, which is almost half of the annual average. As a result of the heavy rainfall, the water covered the facilities belonging to the track, and after the flooding of the nearby river, the situation became drastic; not only the track was in danger, but the streets of the surrounding towns and a section of a highway have also been flooded, which would have played an important role in traffic during the race weekend.
The situation became really serious on Tuesday, when the Imola racetrack and its surroundings had to be evacuated due to the risk of flooding. At that time, it was also suggested that if the weather eases, only Friday will be left, a free practice and the Qualifying session will be held on Saturday, and the race on Sunday, but this failed.
Formula 1 issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon about the postponement of the grand prix. The decision was made by the president of the International Automobile Association, the representatives of F1, the Italian automobile club, the ministers of the Italian government, the president of the region and the mayor of Imola, referring to the obvious emergency situation. It also played a role in the making of the decision that the local authorities must devote all their energy to the rescue and protection of the local people.
Now the meeting is leaning toward moving the Imola race weekend to a week after Spa (August 4-6).