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The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) test originally scheduled to take place at Monza has been relocated due to the coronavirus outbreak that is sweeping across northern Italy, causing mass disruptions.
The test was originally scheduled for March 16-18 at the Monza circuit, which is located in the north of Milan. The coronavirus death toll in Italy has swollen to 17 people – one of the highest death tolls outside of China – with 650 confirmed cases of infection.
Due to the increasing concern around the issue, the test has been relocated the Hockenheimring in Germany. Speaking with Motorsport.com, ITR (DTM organizer) managing director Marcel Mohaupt stated…
“It’s become increasingly apparent that the spread and containment of the coronavirus is sadly affecting society in many different and deepening ways,”
“With the safety and well-being of everyone at the forefront of our thinking, we took the decision to relocate our pre-season test to a different venue.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone at Monza and Hockenheim for their co-operation in this matter, and we look forward to visiting Italy in the summer for DTM’s first-ever event at this legendary circuit.”
The Monza circuit is scheduled to host a round of the DTM championship at the end of June. As of now, the event is still scheduled to go ahead.