As explained in their official statement, there were two major reasons behind the decision to cancel the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Firstly, F1 explained that: "It is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel, and it is the right thing to do given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region."
Also at the centre of the decision to postpone was the strain the event would have had on the local emergency services.
Given the dangers and risks involved in holding an F1 race, local emergency services must be on hand in the event of incidents to ensure the safe running of the event.
Putting on the Grand Prix would have taken emergency services away from the life-threatening circumstances facing residents of the Emilia Romagna region.
This was communicated in F1's statement, which read: "It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time."
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