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This weekend’s Italian F1 Grand Prix has been called off.

This comes after Italy’s transport minister requested that the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix be postponed in the wake of the deadly flooding in the northeast parts of the country.

Authorities asked for the postponement to allow them to focus on rescue efforts in the area.

So far, eight people have died and around 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

In a statement, F1 shared their good wishes with the people of Italy.

“The Formula 1 community wants to send its thoughts to the people and communities affected by the recent events in the Emilia-Romagna region. We also want to pay tribute to the work of the emergency services who are doing everything they can to help those in need.”

The statement went on to say that following discussions between all the parties involved, the decision was taken not to proceed with the Grand Prix weekend in Imola.

“It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.”

According to a source, Sky News reports that while F1 bosses will hold talks to determine whether the race can be moved to a later date, it is very unlikely that it will be able to be rescheduled for the 2023 season.

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