Italian Met Office issues severe weather warnings as Emilia Romagna GP faces flooding risk

Life-threatening weather looks likely to spill over as the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix takes place this weekend.

The Italian Met Office has issued new flood warnings with the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on the horizon.

Faenza, an Italian city located within a 25-minute drive from the Imola circuit, has been hit by devastating floods, causing hundreds to be evacuated, with two locals dying.

Local residents have been warned matters may worsen over the coming days as the threat of extreme weather persists.

Fortunately for the Italian Grand Prix, there has been no damage to the track meaning the race will go ahead.

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However, with numerous teams adding new additions, the chance of corroborating upgrades looks thin as the rain will impact the running considerably.

Last year’s Emilia-Romagna GP saw the introduction of the Formula One sprint race format.

The race itself was won by reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, who led a Red Bull 1-2 with teammate Sergio Perez finishing second.

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Lando Norris impressed with a third-place finish.

The Red Bull pairing of Verstappen and Perez have grown accustomed to 1-2 finishes so far this season.

Such a feat has been achieved four times from a possible five and if the two title challengers can keep the team’s best interests in mind, more of the same can be expected in Italy.