F1 2023: Organisers Donate One Million Euros to the Flood Relief Effort of Emilia Romagna

This weekend’s Grand Prix was cancelled due to the flood in the region.

Formula One has donated a whopping amount of one million euros to the Emilia-Romagna Region's Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection, the organisation that is presently working through the flood that hit the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy.

For the record, this weekend, the Imola Formula One Grand Prix was supposed to take place. However, because of the flood, the Grand Prix was cancelled.

The incident

At the start of this week, heavy rainfall hit the region, because of which 23 rivers that run in the region burst their banks, which led to the flood. So far, 13 lives have been lost, whereas 2,000 souls have been left homeless, according to a report by Motorsport.com.

Formula One and all its 10 participating teams have donated whatever they could to assist the organisations that are working to offer assistance to affected communities. The F1 teams also donated all the food they brought, which was to be served to the team members during the weekend Grand Prix.

F1 CEO’s statement

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who is an Imola local, said, "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."

He went on to add, "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," the melancholic CEO expressed.

Ferrari, Italia’s top car manufacturer, whose headquarters are merely 89 kilometres from the Imola circuit, also donated an amount of one million euros to the Emilia-Romagna Region's Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection.