Ferrari have announced that they support Formula 1’s decision to bring forward the traditional August shutdown to now as COVID-19 strikes the globe and affects all walks of life.
The statement from Maranello signs off with a rallying cry for unity to combat the deadly pandemic that is paralysing life as we know it.
Scuderia Ferrari, whose staff, along with millions of people in Italy and around the world, is having to deal with the COVID-19 virus pandemic, fully supports the FIA and Formula 1’s decision to bring forward the usual summer shutdown. Scuderia Ferrari will therefore be shut as from tomorrow, Thursday 19 March, up to Thursday 8 April inclusive.
The priority for the team has always been the safety of its employees and their families, which is why, for several days now work in the Maranello facility has been suspended, replaced where possible by a smart working system.
We are just as disappointed as our fans that we cannot be racing, as we have done for over 70 years, but when confronted by a situation as serious as this one, it is vital that we follow the advice of the authorities and limit all activities as much as possible in order to contain the virus as efficiently as possible.
We will wait for the situation to improve so that we can return to normality, in our daily lives as well as in sport, including motor racing. In the meantime, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the virus and those working on the front line to combat it.
Maintaining our distance, but still united, this virus can be defeated.