– Severe weather causes full cancellation of event
– Monaco next up for Dino Beganovic and FIA F3
This week’s scheduled Grand Prix event at Imola has been cancelled due to heavy flooding in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, meaning Dino Beganovic and the FIA Formula 3 Championship will not be racing this weekend.
Race organisers made the decision on Wednesday to call off the event on grounds of safety for the fans, teams and personnel after days of heavy rain in the area, agreeing not to put an additional load on local authorities and emergency services as they battle the conditions.
With all track activity cancelled, including Formula 1 and all support categories, it means round three of the FIA F3 Championship will not take place as planned.
Dino Beganovic had been looking forward to the start of a triple-header sequence of FIA F3 events as the championship returns to Europe, with Imola having been the site of several of the Swede’s breakthrough career moments to date – including both his maiden car racing pole position and his first win (both scored in 2020 in Italian Formula 4).
Beganovic, who is backed by the Ferrari Driver Academy and lives in nearby Maranello, also won at the track on his way to the Formula Regional European Championship title last year.
“It is obviously disappointing not to be racing this weekend in Imola, but I think everyone understands the situation,” says Dino Beganovic. “I fully support the decision with respect to the authorities and everyone affected by these tragic events.
“I live in Maranello myself and I have seen the consequences over these last couple of days, and staging a motor race here at this moment in time would not have been the right thing to do. It is a shame, but it’s the only sensible decision. My thoughts are with the people of Italy and Emilia-Romagna.
“I look forward to being back on track next weekend in Monaco instead.”
The FIA F3 Championship will resume next weekend on the streets of Monte Carlo, with the principality becoming the new host for the start of the European part of the season.