F1 teams received a special permit this Thursday to be able to enter the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Autodrome to retrieve material collected earlier this week, ahead of the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Since Tuesday afternoon, local authorities have asked for the evacuation of the Imola circuit due to strong storms in the area, but with a slight improvement in the weather, it was decided to allow essential personnel to resume the race. ,
Significantly, all the staff of the teams going to participate in the event did not arrive at the venue before the event was cancelled, so the number of people from Formula 1 on stage was less than expected.
Emilia Romagna GP: How much was the circuit affected by the rain?
Following the worst of historic flooding in the center of Italy, the racetrack was expected to suffer major damage, but fortunately the rise in water levels of the Santerno River only reached the lowest areas of the track, such as the Formula 1 television studios.
The paddock and the teams’ main boxes were not damaged by the rain and this made the job of dismantling crews easier.
Monaco GP in danger?
Given the haste of the season’s next GP, which is scheduled for the following week in Monaco, it was feared that what happened at Imola would have an impact on the next race, but with the recovery of all material from the Great Circus, as well as its associated Packaging and shipping to the principality, it seems that the competition will take place without great inconvenience.
Today’s disassembly in Emilia Romagna was important so that the historic GP is not put in jeopardy, as given the current state of emergency on Italian soil, many roads are closed and it is certain that all F1 package transfers will be delayed for this reason.
For its part, the rescheduling of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for this year now seems an impossible mission given the tight schedule, so it is most likely that the race at Imola will not take place this year.