Ferrari donate €1m to Emilia-Romagna flood rescue efforts

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In the round-up: Ferrari will make a €1 million donation to support people in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy following the flooding that has affected the region in recent weeks.

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Ferrari make €1m donation to flood rescue efforts

Intense rain in May has resulted in rivers bursting banks causing flooding through the region – including Imola, which was due to host a grand prix this weekend before the event was cancelled due to the impact of the flooding.

Ferrari announced on a post on social media that it will make a donation of €1,000,000 towards local efforts to help the community and emergency responders.

“Ferrari supports the flood-affected community and is donating one million Euros to the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection, joining the regional fundraising campaign,” the team said.

De Vries stranded by flood waters

AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries has described how he was stranded in an Italian village due to the effects of the floods in the Emilia-Romagna region as he attempted to make his way in and around the team’s factory.

In a post on social media, De Vries explained how he was unable to reach his hotel on Tuesday evening while travelling to AlphaTauri’s Faenza factory and had to spend a night in a small village nearby due to roads being inaccessible due to flood waters.

“Fortunately McLaren got stranded there earlier and their front jack Frazer was kind enough to give me his room,” he recalled. “The following morning, the hotel lobby turned into an emergency shelter for people who were forced to escape their homes during the night.

“Post-F1 announcement, I only saw one potential option to get home, which was driving via Firenze. After an adventurous drive through the mountains, thanks to the help from local people and authorities in different villages, I finally got home safely. Thank you to every single person who has been kind enough to help me. It was truly heart-warming to see so many look out for each other.”

Ericsson keeps Ganassi on top at Indianapolis

Marcus Ericsson, Ganassi, Indianapolis, 2023
Ganassi look like the team to beat at Indianapolis
Marcus Ericsson ensured Ganassi remained on top in the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice in which any running took place this week, lapping the oval at an average speed of 369.516kph (229.607mph). The defending winner also moved to the top of the day’s ‘no tow’ average speeds just over 10 minutes before the session finished.

FOM to direct Monaco Grand Prix TV coverage

TV coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix has long been produced by Tele Monte Carlo but has been regularly criticised for missing key racing moments and failing to capture the full spectacle of F1 cars racing around the notorious street circuit.

However, according to Motorsport Broadcasting, F1’s own production team will direct the world feed coverage for next weekend’s race around Monte Carlo.

The Monaco Grand Prix will be the next round on the calendar following the cancellation of this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

IndyCar president open to more ovals on schedule

IndyCar president Jay Frye says that the series is open to introducing more oval races onto future calendars.

The current IndyCar season features oval races across Texas, the Indianapolis 500, a double-header at Iowa and Gateway. Asked if he wanted to add more ovals onto the IndyCar schedule in future, Frye replied “absolutely”.

“There’s no intention to have one less oval than we’ve had historically, than we do right now,” he continued. “So that’s something we’re definitely looking at for the future.

“The mix is very important to us. The diversity of schedules are important to us. Ovals are very important to us – I love ovals, we all love ovals. What we saw in Texas was quite spectacular. We think the [Indy] 500 is going to be at least that and then some. So we’re excited about the future and what next oval could come up”

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9 comments on “Ferrari donate €1m to Emilia-Romagna flood rescue efforts”

  1. Yellow Baron
    19th May 2023, 1:48

    Would it be worth it for indy car to try out short track ovals like NASCAR?

    Perhaps mandate smaller brakes to increase braking distances

    But even without that I wonder if it could still be worth it

  2. Finally we might get to see some action when it actually happens at Monaco.

    The replay cutaways mere milliseconds before key moments during the race was absolute amateur hour.

    1. @justrhysism – It’s possible it will rain in Monaco next week so action could be not what you expect :)

    2. @justrhysism The FOM directors have recently been less interested in showing the on-track action and more interested in showing the trackside “celebrities” (e.g. the Miami Grand Prix, starring James Marsden as Roger Federer), of which there are many at Monaco, so it’s possible that the new TV direction will simply be a different type of dreadful.

  3. Good move by Ferrari as well as Mclaren front jack Frazer & Yuki.

    FOM finally taking over world feed coverage directing in Monaco is a positive surprise, which I didn’t see coming.

  4. TV coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix has long been produced by Tele Monte Carlo but has been regularly criticised for missing key racing moments and failing to capture the full spectacle of F1 cars racing around the notorious street circuit.

    So does liberty media, it remains to be seen if it will be any better

  5. That indycar hybrid system sounds like a sneaky version of DRS.

  6. Whilst I welcome the donation by Ferrari, I think in the scheme of things it’s not that much. They will be spending $140 million + on their F1 activities alone. And I am sure they must make hundreds of millions profit most years. I think they might have been a little more generous in the circumstances?

    1. Hiland (@flyingferrarim)
      19th May 2023, 18:52

      This is a bit of ungrateful response tbh. Ferrari chose to support relief efforts in donating what most would consider a fairly substantial amount of funds which is quite generous of them regardless what “you” deem as generous. This only notes Ferrari’s financial donation, we don’t know what other ways Ferrari is donating to the cause/effort over there. Such as giving employees time to help with the cleanup, time off to help loved ones, etc. Ferrari isn’t far from Imola (like an hours drive away) so I wouldn’t be surprised if that regions devastation impacts them/their employees and employee families directly. I swear, some folks are never satisfied with generous gestures from wealthy people/organizations.

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