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Imola GP promoter expects lost race will lead to one-year contract extension · RaceFans

Race start, Imola, 2022

The promoter of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix expects Formula 1 will allow its cancelled race to take place at a future date.

However they indicated the race is unlikely to go ahead this year, and F1 has not indicated the race will go ahead this season either.

The Imola circuit was due to hold the sixth round of the world championship this weekend. However it has been called off due to heavy rain and flooding in the region, which caused the nearby Santerno river to burst its banks.

The president of the Automobile Club d’Italia, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, said he is “deeply saddened by what is happening in Emilia Romagna”.

“The cancellation was inevitable in the face of such a dramatic situation. Given the complexity of the calendar, it is reasonable to imagine that the 2023 edition will be run in 2026. But at the moment it is certainly not a priority.”

The ACI agreed a deal with F1 last year to keep the race on the calendar until at least 2025.

The FIA’s F1 Sporting Regulations state that “a competition which is cancelled with less than three months’ written notice to the FIA will not be considered for inclusion in the following year’s championship unless the FIA judges the cancellation to have been due to force majeure”.

The ACI said in its statement it believes the race’s cancellation meets that criteria. “The emergency caused by the bad weather which once again hit the Emilia-Romagna Region, require the organisers […] to cancel the event, due to force majeure,” it noted, adding it was “a decision that was taken in mutual agreement with the authorities and F1”.

As an organisation it: “expresses its utmost solidarity with those who, in these dramatic hours, mourn the loss of their loved ones or are forced to leave their homes.

“It also expresses support and thanks to the Institutions of the State, the Emilia Romagna region, the forces of order and civil defence which, in these difficult days, are doing their utmost to help the population and secure the area.

“Lastly, thanks go to the more than 3,000 insiders who had arrived at Imola to organise and make the grand prix possible.”

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