Ferrari has shut down its factory after an earthquake

Ferrari has temporarily suspended operations in its Maranello headquarters after the region was hit by an earthquake today, which has led to the death of six people in nearby towns.

The quake’s epicentre was some 40 kilometres north of the nearby city of Bologna, but the team elected to shut down its factory and send its staff home to their families.

“Working activity has been suspended for today. All the workers and employees have been allowed to join their families,” a statement read on their Twitter feed. The team also confirmed that no team members had been injured in the earthquake.

Ferrari weren’t the only ones affected by the incident. BBC Radio 5 Live F1 commentator and Pirelli tyre tester Jaime Alguersuari was also in the region at the time, staying at a hotel in the nearby town of Brescia.

“One hour ago we had an earthquake round here!” he wrote on his Twitter feed. “Everythin’ was moving on (sic) my room!

He added – no doubt to the delight of all his female fans: “I went to the reception half naked! Nothing happened at the end – just some strange shouts [from] the waitress.”

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Richard Bailey

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