First it was Lamborghini that temporarily shuttered its factory for the coronavirus pandemic, and now its Italian supercar rival, Ferrari, has also stopped production until March 27.
The road car factory and Formula 1 operations, located in Maranello, will be closed. According to a statement by Ferrari, while it had tried to keep its factories going, the problem is with the supply chain that has inhibited production. All non-production work will continue, with employees working from home.
“At a time like this,” said Louis Camilleri, Ferrari’s CEO, in a statement “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 Italian government has taken extreme measures to fight the coronavirus, including closing schools, bars and restaurants, as well as issuing severe fines to members of the public caught outside for no reason. Formula 1 has also cancelled the first race of the season in Australia and at least postponed upcoming Grand Prix in China, Vietnam, Qatar and the Netherlands, with the sport’s governing body suggesting the start of the season may be postponed to the end of May.