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Which teams will the Imola GP cancellation impact the most?

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix cancellation will force most teams that were looking to introduce upgrades to postpone until later races.

With the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to the adverse weather conditions, it has also thrown up another tricky scenario for the teams. Imola was the track that a number of teams planned to introduce important updates and now it looks like they will be postponed. This means the next viable race that teams could introduce upgrades is the Spanish Grand Prix at the beginning of June, as it is unlikely they will bring car upgrades to the Monaco Grand Prix due to the risk of damage and unrepresentative data. Ferrari planned to bring upgrades to their rear suspension as part of their upgrade package, which is aimed at improving their car's aerodynamic efficiency when running a variation of ride heights . The cancellation will by far impact Mercedes the most, who had a major car update planned for this weekend in the form of a 'B-spec' car. Toto Wolff detailed the upgrades the team planned to bring earlier this year , which are aimed at discovering the "poisonous" traits of the W14 . In the midfield it is likely that AlphaTauri had upgrades planned to cure their drag issues , considering they are based in Faenza which is not far from the track. McLaren was also looking at introducing some new specification parts with the aim of improving their straight line speed, which Lando Norris described as "shocking" after the race in Baku .

Why are so many updates planned for Imola?

Due to high transport costs associated with taking more parts to races, most teams tend to leave their biggest upgrades until the European races as they are closer to their factories. The Emilia Romagna is the first race that is 'close' to the majority of team's HQ's in the Europe, and gives them more opportunity to ship out replacements should they be needed during the weekend. F1 teams also need to run their cars for a number of races on track before introducing upgrades to understand where they need to make improvements, with six races in the optimal time given the amount of data collected. The cancellation the race in Imola is going to impact their schedules and relative performance on track, which could have implications in the Constructors' Championship later on in the season.

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