Ferrari show touch of class with incredible €1m donation to flood fund

Jamie Woodhouse
The Ferrari Tifosi with flags and flares. Italy September 2022

The Ferrari Tifosi with flags and flares at the Monza circuit. Italy September 2022

Ferrari has made an incredible donation of €1 million to the Emilia-Romagna relief effort following the devastating floods.

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race weekend, which was set to be held at Imola Circuit and serve as Round 6 of the F1 2023 campaign, has sadly been cancelled after heavy rainfall on the Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the event led to further flooding chaos in the region.

For Ferrari this is the area which they of course identify as their “homeland”, as do AlphaTauri with their Faenza factory having become a sanctuary in recent days for some staff who were forced to flee their homes.

AlphaTauri has been sharing details on their social media pages on how people can donate to the relief effort, and Ferrari have done their part by donating a whopping €1m to the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection.

“In times of difficulty, Ferrari has always stood by its community,” said Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna.

“We wanted to provide a concrete and immediate response to the most urgent needs of the population of Emilia-Romagna, which has been tried by a serious environmental disaster.

“With the coordination of the local authorities, to whom our heartfelt thanks go for their tireless work, this aid will bring comfort and a tangible sign of the solidarity of the entire Ferrari family.”

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Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur had released a statement on the “heartbreaking” scenes in Emilia-Romagna in the aftermath of the Grand Prix cancellation.

“On behalf of everyone working for Scuderia Ferrari I would like to express our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy,” Vasseur said.

“Emilia-Romagna is our homeland and it’s heartbreaking to see what people are going through at the moment.”

Ferrari also issued a team statement, in which they understandably backed the decision to call off their home race.

“We fully support the decision of Formula 1 and the FIA to cancel the Imola GP,” said Ferrari.

“Even though it’s our home race and therefore even more important to us, the main priority at the moment has to be the safety of all those living and working in those affected areas.”