UK-based Formula 1 teams have brought their planned factory shutdowns forward to tomorrow in response to the new restrictions introduced by the government yesterday.
Teams has already changed their factory shutdown plans after F1 decided to move its summer break forwards from August to March and April. However the new measures announced yesterday have led several British teams to change their plans.
Williams advised their factory shutdown will begin tomorrow morning at 6am and run until 6am on April 15th. A McLaren spokesperson confirmed its factory will be closed over the same period.
RaceFans understands Red Bull, which originally announced its shutdown would begin on Friday, will also be closed from tomorrow.
Other teams are also revising their plans in response to the change in government restrictions. Haas began its shutdown on March 19th.
Under F1’s regulations, engine builders are not required to observe the shutdown. These and other parts of teams’ operations are not required to close, and the work some teams are doing on developing and producing ventilators are not expected to be affected.
In Italy, which imposed a similar lockdown earlier than the UK, Ferrari and AlphaTauri have already begun their shutdowns.
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