Millions in donations from Ferrari to storm victims

Millions in donations from Ferrari to storm victims

After a severe storm on the Adriatic coast and the cancellation of the Formula 1 race in Imola, Ferrari donates one million euros to emergency aid in the crisis area.

The money is intended to benefit those affected by the floods and especially go to projects to protect the environment and the climate. In difficult times, Ferrari has stood by its community,” the company’s boss, Benedetto Vigna, said in a statement.

The Imola Grand Prix would be Ferrari’s home race. The Scuderia Formula 1 factory is an hour’s drive from the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Organizers had canceled the World Championship race scheduled for Sunday on Wednesday due to the consequences of heavy rain and flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region.

“Emilia-Romagna is our country”

The area has been hit by a severe storm since Tuesday. At least nine people died from the floods or landslides. “We wanted to provide a targeted and rapid response to the urgent needs of the residents of Emilia-Romagna, who are suffering from a major environmental crisis,” Ferrari CEO Vigna said. The use of the million in donations should be coordinated by the regional authorities.

»Emilia-Romagna is our country. It’s sad what people are going through right now,” new Ferrari team boss Frédéric Vasseur had previously said. “Strength and courage to you all in these difficult times,” wrote Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc on social media.

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