Climate, strikes and political conflicts: GPs are suspended in Formula 1

Due to bad weather, the Imola Grand Prix was suspended, something that is unusual but has happened before.

The climate emergency that exists in the region of Imola, Italyforced to suspend the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prixfor the sixth exam of Formula 1 World Cup which will be held next Sunday. Although uncommon, This is not the first time that a Grand Prix has been suspended for various reasons.

The fastest thing that comes to mind is it’s 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic causing the postponement of much of the tournamentbut it didn’t just happen because of bad weather, like in Japan in 2007 and the typhoon that affected the cityor diseases. There were also strikes, political conflicts, among other cases.

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The most memorable Grand Prix suspension in Formula 1

For the first time a The F1 Grand Prix was in 1957when the Oil crisis suspends Belgian and Dutch GPs. However, it ended up working the circuit in Pescara and held after Monza. Years later, in 1967the pilots, led by Jackie Stewartthey complained the Spa’s security conditions and the test were not carried out.

The tragedy at Montjuic could have been avoided

In 1975, the Spanish Grand Prix, at Montjuic. Due to poor installation of guardrails, The pilots ended the day’s suspension on Friday, but on Saturday they went out on the track. Some of them Emerson Fittipaldithey did their best not to qualify for Sunday, where a serious accident occurred that ended the lives of four spectators after the fall of Rolf Stommelen.

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Strikes and political conflict

Still coming in Spain but in 1980, Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Marie Balestre they are enemies. While Carmelo Ezpeleta and the president of RACE sided with Bernie, those considered pro-government left Jarama, so the Grand Prix was held but in a pirated, unofficial way. By 1981, in South Africathe FIA ​​changed the regulations on race days, several teams decided to withdraw and the GP was held with Formula Libre rules and not F1. In 1985, the Belgian track reappeared a few days before the Grand Prix and drivers complained about various inconveniences. In that case, the GP is not suspended but it was postponed a few months later. In recent years, in 2020 Bahrain went through a delicate political situation, with unrest in the country, which forced the cancellation of the Grand Prix. Finally, in Russia in 2022, due to the conflict of the war in Ukraine, there is also no race.

Source: Tycsports

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