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Ferrari has cancelled its scheduled test of the new 2021 Pirelli 18-inch tyres due to coronavirus, the team has confirmed.

The team were due to test the 2021 spec tyres in a wet weather test at Fiorano on Thursday, but the team has been forced to abandon the test due to the current restrictions put in place in Italy to combat the virus.

There are now more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus in Italy, the most in a single country in Europe, and as a result travel restrictions are being put in place in various countries for anyone who has visited the country in the last few weeks.

It has also led to companies within Italy restricting travel for their employees and as a result, Ferrari has decided to postpone the test.

A statement released by Ferrari on their Twitter page said:

“Because of company restriction policies adopted by both Ferrari and Pirelli following the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, the scheduled 18-inch 2021 wet tyre test at Fiorano on March 5 has to be postponed. The test will be rescheduled at Fiorano at the earliest opportunity.”

The news comes days after MotoGP cancelled their opening races of the season in Qatar and Thailand due to the virus.

Formula 1 has already postponed the Chinese Grand Prix, but speculation still remains as to whether other races will be cancelled, although the Vietnam Grand Prix organisers have stated that their race will still go ahead.

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