A €1 million contribution from F1 to flood relief efforts

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In response to the severe flooding in Emilia-Romagna that forced the cancellation of the 2023 Imola race, the Formula 1 organization has announced a generous contribution of €1 million to the flood relief effort in Emilia-Romagna.

There have already been 13 fatalities as a result of the flooding that occurred in north-eastern Italy on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding was aggravated by the drought that has plagued the area since 2022. An estimated 20,000 have been left homeless. Following the tremendous rain in the area at the beginning of this week, notably high in the mountains to the southwest, that fed them and sent extra water gushing, 23 rivers, including the Santerno that runs just meters from the Imola paddock, burst their banks.

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A limited number of F1 workers, many of whom had already been on-site setting up the paddock and infrastructure around the track, were permitted to return to dismantle the installed structures and start the move to Monaco ahead of the following race in a few weeks as a result of the situation. In addition to their financial contribution, F1, the 10 teams, and the Imola circuit organization are said to have donated the food they brought in to serve at the race to food banks set up for individuals affected by the disaster.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, an Imola native, stated that he was born and raised in the wonderful Emilia Romagna region, which is enduring some of the saddest times in its history. The villages in the area are in a horrible situation, but I am confident that, like so many Italians, they will survive the crisis thanks to their tenacity and zeal. "We must do everything in our power to help them at this trying time, which is why we are making a donation to aid in the relief efforts on the ground. "On behalf of the entire Formula 1 community, my thoughts are with those affected, and we want to thank the emergency services for their outstanding work," he said.

A donation of €1 million was made on Thursday to the Emilia-Romagna Region's Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection by Ferrari, which has its headquarters approximately 55 miles from Imola to the north-west of Emilia-Romagna beyond Bologna.

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