Ferrari has fully closed its Maranello plant, which includes its F1 activities, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. While Italy is one of the countries most affected by COVID-19 in Europe, the government has imposed quarantine and restrictive measures to limit the risks of spread. If certain businesses are allowed to continue their activities, Ferrari cannot maintain the production of its production cars and has decided to protect its personnel.
In a statement, the Italian manufacturer said that production ceased with immediate effect in its factories of Maranello and Modena, and this until March 27 at least. In addition, the Formula 1 team is also suspending its operational activities. Part of the staff will however continue to be active thanks to teleworking.
“In a period like this, my gratitude goes first to the women and men of Ferrari who, through their tremendous commitment over the past few days, have demonstrated the passion and dedication that define the brand”, underlines Louis Camilleri, CEO of Ferrari. “With our suppliers, they ensured the production of the company. It is out of respect for them, for their tranquility and for that of their families, that we adopted this line of conduct. Our customers and our fans also appear at foreground in our mind right now, as we prepare for a big restart. “
Following the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, where a case of COVID-19 was detected within the stable McLaren, many teams are taking action, including ordering staff present in Melbourne to quarantine for 14 days before returning to European factories. The start of the 2020 season has been postponed with the cancellation or postponement of the heats in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China, and the championship could not to start before June 7 in Azerbaijan.