A selection of the most essential personnel from each team that is measured in the Formula 1 World Cup obtained permission this Thursday to access the paddock of the Imola circuit, very affected depending on which part of its facilities by the floods that have hit Emilia Romagna in recent days, and which this Wednesday led the authorities and promoters to cancel the grand prix that bears the name of this region , scheduled for this weekend. The tight schedule makes it practically impossible to rearrange the sixth race of the season, a circumstance that has led the organizers to offer a refund of tickets to all fans who had purchased them, or to validate them for next year’s event. While many of the members of the formations received the news of the cancellation of the appointment in Italy before even having left their homes, many others, especially mechanics, have already returned to them.
The effects of the storm, which has not yet hit depending on the areas, have so far been catastrophic: 14 deaths, more than 10,000 evacuees and 27,000 families without electricity, regardless of economic losses and environmental impact. For all these reasons, the Formula 1 caravan understood from the outset that the decision to cancel the test was the right one, in order to focus all efforts on rescue tasks. Ferrari, whose headquarters, in Maranello, is an hour’s drive from Imola, has donated one million euros to the Emilia Romagna Security and Civil Protection Agency, which will be invested in helping the local population and which will focus in those projects dedicated to environmental recovery. From their profiles on social networks, all the teams in the championship sent messages of support and solidarity with the victims, as did a multitude of pilots. Others, such as Yuki Tsunoda, a runner from Alpha Tauri, contribute individually to the cleaning work that is being carried out in Faneza, the town where its structure is based.
These recovery works will last for days, until after the World Cup has landed in Monaco, where the second date of the only triplet scheduled for 2023 should be held next weekend. The appointment that will end this three-week journey It will be the Spanish Grand Prix, the weekend of June 3 and 4, in Montmeló. Before, the logistics divisions must have dismantled the entire shed (hospitalityoffices, trucks) that had already settled in Imola, to undertake the journey of just over 500 kilometers to Monte Carlo, where the paddock be in mint magazine condition as of Wednesday.
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