‘We are back’: There will be a race this weekend despite Emilia Romagna GP cancellation

Team Redline's 'Real Racers Never Quit' series will return this Sunday.

Sim racing outfit Team Redline confirmed on Thursday that an event will be put on following the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the region having been battered by torrential rainfall and flooding.

It was announced on Wednesday by Formula 1 that this weekend’s Grand Prix had been cancelled, with the region’s emergency services currently being stretched due to the widespread destruction being caused.

Landslides and horrific flooding have devastated the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, with several F1 personnel having become trapped in their hotel.

The rainfall actually resulted in the Formula 2 and Formula 3 paddock at Imola becoming knee-deep in water in parts, highlighting the volume of rain that has been experienced.

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Thankfully, the sport isn’t expecting any delays in getting all of the equipment to Monte-Carlo for next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix; however, it’s very much a developing situation.

With this weekend having been cancelled due to the horrific scenes, many called on social media for an event to be put to replace the Grand Prix, perhaps to raise money for those impacted by the flooding.

Following the calls for a sim event, Team Redline have responded by sharing that their ‘Real Racers Never Quit’ series will return this weekend.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen often races for Team Redline in the biggest sim races in the world, with him set to take part in the event on Sunday.

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The event will take place on the Imola circuit at 14:30 GMT this Sunday, with Verstappen and several guest drivers taking part.

The full driver line-up is yet to be announced; however, Team Redline have confirmed that the event will be livestreamed on their Twitch channel.

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The ‘Real Racers Never Quit’ series was originally put on in 2020 by Team Redline during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst motorsport across the globe came to a halt.

Many have called for Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Alex Albon to take part in the event, with the duo having often streamed sim racing sessions during the pandemic, something which was loved by fans.

One driver perhaps taking part in the event is former Formula E Champion Antonio Felix da Costa, who retweeted Team Redline’s tweet and wrote: “We are back!!”