Ferrari has postponed an 18-inch Pirelli tyre test scheduled to take place at Fiorano this week, invoking travel restrictions due the coronavirus outbreak.
The Scuderia was set to sample Pirelli’s 2021-spec wet tyre at its track on Thursday, running a mule car as part of the Italian supplier’s development program for next season.
“Because of company restriction policies adopted by Scuderia Ferrari and Pirelli following the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, the scheduled 18-inch 2021 wet tyre test at Fiorano on March 5 has to be postponed,” Ferrari stated in a post on social media.
“The test will be rescheduled at Fiorano at the earliest opportunity.”
With each passing day, another roadblock appears in F1’s path. On Tuesday, Vietnam and Bahrain announced travel and entry restrictions for individuals originating from a list of countries that includes Italy, China, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, Lebanon and Thailand.
For now the Australian and Vietnam Grands Prix are still on, although the latter is turning into a logistics nightmare for teams and personnel, especially those residing in Italy.
Bahrain Grand Prix organisers are actively working with F1 and the FIA to implement special measures that could facilitate access to the country during the race week for teams’ personnel, F1 administrators, broadcast and media.