An auction of the trophies that would have been awarded at Formula 1’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix has raised £247,171 for the flood relief effort in the region.
Formula 1 was meant to compete at Imola on May 21 but the event was cancelled due to extreme rainfall in the vicinity, which caused extensive damage to the region’s infrastructure.
Formula 1 and Ferrari both made donations to the relief effort while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc raised funds through an auction of his Monaco Grand Prix racewear.
A separate auction took place which included all four trophies that were supposed to be handed out, and which were signed by all 20 Formula 1 drivers and the team principals.
A bottle of Ferrari Trento sparkling wine, signed by the current grid, was also auctioned, as was the Pirelli Pole Position trophy.
“We are pleased to have been able to support the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection and help raise an incredible sum, to be donated to this worthy cause,” said Barry Gough, CEO of F1 Authentics.
“These items were all ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ pieces, and to have raised £247,171 from them is absolutely fantastic.”