AlphaTauri have released a statement offering the team’s sympathies to the victims of a devastating rainstorm in the region of their Formula 1 factory in Faenza.
The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy has been hit by extreme rain and strong winds in recent days, with two people dead and hundreds more evacuated from their homes.
According to local media, a man in his 80s drowned on Wednesday after being swept away by flood waters while riding his bicycle in the province of Ravenna.
Meanwhile, firefighters reported the discovery of a dead body in the rubble of a collapsed house near the city of Bologna.
Roads have been closed and the army have been called in, with around 100 people said to have been evacuated from their homes in Faenza.
Ahead of this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, AlphaTauri have released a short statement to express their sympathies to those affected.
It read: “The city of Faenza, which is home to our Scuderia AlphaTauri factory, and other parts of the Emilia-Romagna region have been hit by a violent rain storm.
“It has produced heavy flooding, leading to the loss of two lives in the region, as well as causing severe damage to parts of Faenza and surrounding areas.
“It has also affected some of our employees and, at this difficult time, our thoughts are with them and everyone affected.”
With the Emilia-Romagna set to host the next round of the F1 2023 season at the historic Imola circuit later this month, it remains to be seen how the event will be affected.