Ferrari Responds to F1’s Early Summer Shutdown Decision

Published 03/19/2020, 1:19 AM EDT


Scuderia Ferrari responded to F1’s decision regarding the summer break. Yesterday, F1 officially announced revised dates for the mandatory summer shutdown. Teams will comply with the announcement by holding the shutdown between March and April. Ferrari stood by the FIA’s decision and revealed its shutdown duration.

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Ferrari responds to the early shutdown

Holding the summer shutdown earlier will surely benefit the Italian team. As Italy battles an ongoing epidemic, the team stopped operations at its headquarters in Maranello. Furthermore, Ferrari ceased operations in most of its factories – paralyzing the Scuderia’s working.

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This would have surely affected Ferrari’s participation had regular race weekends gone ahead as scheduled. Not only would the team have struggled with receiving car parts and data analysis but also in car development. With Maranello under lockdown, the Italian team would have abandoned major updates for the SF1000.

In an official press release, the Scuderia stated that it supported F1’s decision to take an early break. The Italian manufacturer also revealed its shutdown dates for the mandatory period of closure.

“Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow, 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.” Reads the official statement from Ferrari’s website.

The Italian team concluded its press release with a positive statement.

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“Maintaining our distance, but still united, this virus can be defeated.”

A longer shutdown

Traditionally, shutdowns last 2 weeks but in light of the given situation, the revised duration stands at 21 days. This gives factory workers a well-deserved break but also means non-stop racing action once the season officially begins. If the season does live up to its tentative start date at the end of May, we could see postponed races making a comeback during the old summer break period.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the 2020 F1 calendar. With 4 races axed, this has been one of the longest winters fans have endured with no racing action.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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