PF1 sources: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix unlikely to be rescheduled

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes behind three other cars. Imola April 2022.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes behind three other cars during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Imola April 2022. understands that it will be very unlikely that the 2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be rescheduled.

The event was set to take place at the coming weekend at the Imola Circuit, scheduled to be Round 6 of 23 in the F1 2023 campaign.

But the Emilia Romagna region has tragically been hit with a further bout of severe flooding just weeks after the devastation suffered via the same cause, and so the decision has understandably been taken that the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix cannot go ahead.

That immediately then poses the question of what happens next? In theory it could be conceivable that a new date in 2023 is found for the Emilia Romagna GP, but understands that this is not likely to come to pass.

And that stance was backed by Sky Sports F1 reporter Craig Slater, who concurred that information from his sources meant that a rescheduled Emilia Romagna GP is unlikely to be on the cards. recommends

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“Formula 1 may explore options in terms of could it be slotted back in at a later point in the calendar, but my understanding is that they do not see an obvious point in the season,” he said when appearing on Sky Sports News.

“It’s already so congested to bring it back in. This was part of a triple-header for example, Monaco is the next race. To slot Imola back in, when would you do it?

“Maybe by cutting short the summer break potentially? There’s no appetite to do that. Could it be done in the autumn? Then, again, it’s a very busy sequence of races. You could be, by adding in a race, mean you’ve got five races consecutively which is unworkable.

“And this has been a tough moment for Italy. The flood zones cover a broad swathe of four provinces and it’s a tragedy as well. And I think F1 are recognising that three people have been killed during these floods, 5000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

“Formula 1 has acted responsibly here I think by working in concert with the other authorities to make sure this event isn’t an extra burden in the circumstances.”

This does mean then that Formula 1 will return on the following weekend with the Monaco Grand Prix, scheduled to run from May 26-28.