Ferrari shuts Maranello factory in pandemic response

Jamie Woodhouse

Ferrari has announced that their Maranello and Modena factories will shut down until March 27 in response to the coronavirus.

Ferrari’s Formula 1 team had travelled to Melbourne with the rest of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, only for it to be cancelled following a chain of events that started after a McLaren team member tested positive for COVID-19.

Italy is the worst affected European nation and the government have put their people on lockdown in an attempt to limit its rapid spread.

Some companies have been allowed to continue operating, but Ferrari’s road car division has been unable to do so due to supply chain issues.

Therefore production in Maranello and Modena has ceased immediately until March 27, and while that includes the F1 team, staff are still going to be working from home.

In an official statement CEO Louis Camilleri said: “At a time like this my gratitude goes first and foremost to Ferrari’s women and men who, with their tremendous commitment over the past few days, have demonstrated the passion and dedication that defines our marque.

“Together with our suppliers, they have ensured the company’s production. And it is out of our respect for them, for their peace of mind and those of their families that we have decided on this course of action.

“Our clients and fans are also top of mind for us at this time, as we prepare for a strong restart.”

The other F1 teams have agreed voluntarily to suspend work in their factories until March 29, with Alfa Romeo suspending operations until March 30.

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