Ferrari has shut its factory in Maranello – including its Formula One operations – due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Italy has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The government has imposed a lockdown across the entire country to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.
While some businesses are permitted to remain in operation, supply chain issues are inhibiting Ferrari’s road car production. Thus, Ferrari has elected to cease production until March 27, which includes its Formula One operations. However, staff will be able to continue to work remotely from home.
“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.Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said
“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.”
After a McLaren team member had contracted coronavirus ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, some teams have ordered staff who were present in Melbourne to stay away from the factories and self-isolate for 14 days to ensure they have not been infected themselves.