After Initial Scare, Ferrari Deliver Some Good News for F1 Fans

Published 03/03/2020, 7:08 AM EST


Aside from China, Italy is one country that has been badly affected by the coronavirus. The bad news is that this will sorely affect the likes of Scuderia Ferrari and the team’s ability to travel.

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However, a Ferrari spokesperson assured that the F1 team can still fly to Australia. Amid the threat of the pandemic, the Formula 1’s race in Australia and Bahrain will go ahead as planned. There is also a chance that more races could be affected. Especially considering that China dropped off earlier.

Unfortunately, the situation in Italy is getting worse. It has even got to a stage where flights leaving the country have to be cancelled. Admittedly, this will cause massive headaches for the likes of Ferrari, AlphaTauri and Pirelli.

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Furthermore, Formula 1 needs a minimum 16 cars on the grid in order to race, except for situations like the 2005 US Grand Prix. The sport will be cutting it close if any other teams are affected.

Fortunately for the tifosi, the upper management are confident that Ferrari will still be able to travel from Italy to Australia and other tracks.

A Ferrari spokesman told Ansa news agency, “Contrary to what has been reported, and despite knowing that the situation is constantly evolving, at the moment our departure for Australia and Bahrain is confirmed.

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What next for Ferrari?

Unfortunately, there are some complications, courtesy the Vietnam Tourist Board. The body stated that anyone entering from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran have to undergo medical declarations. In addition to that, they need to carry out a 14-day medical quarantine before they can be allowed in.

The decision will likely affect Ferrari, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Haas. This is because Ferrari and AlphaTauri are both based in Italy. Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo and Haas F1 are Ferrari customers and will have some personnel within their own teams.

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Furthermore, tire supplier Pirelli will also be sorely affected as it is an Italian company. Admittedly, the tires are manufactured in Romania and Turkey. However many of Pirelli’s F1 personnel are based in Italy. In other words, they would have a really difficult time entering any country.

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