Renault team personnel to work from home ahead of shutdown
Renault has asked team personnel to work from home ahead of the Formula 1 shutdown period as they 'enter into a phase of in-depth discussions with F1, the FIA and the other teams' over the next course of action.
Renault is the latest team to announce its shutdown plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, doing so from March 30, although the Enstone base will essentially be closed one week earlier as working from home becomes mandatory for employees.
"Working from home has been widespread for all employees able to do so at Viry-Châtillon," read a statement.
"Following measures taken by the French Government and implemented from Monday evening in France, Renault Sport Racing’s management has also decided to close Viry-Châtillon from the evening of Friday 20 March until Sunday 5 April inclusive.
"Working at home has been progressively implemented at Enstone and will be mandatory for all employees able to do so from Monday 23 March.
"In view of the escalating situation in Europe and after discussions between Formula 1 teams, F1 and the FIA, it was decided that the summer shutdown would be brought forward and extended by one week
"We will now enter into a phase of in-depth discussions with F1, the FIA and the other teams to define and put in place measures that our sport will have to take in these exceptional circumstances," read the statement.
"In the face of the coming challenges, responsibility and solidarity must prevail to reduce the impact of this health crisis."
Renault also said that they instructed all on-site team personnel to self isolate for 14-days following the Australian Grand Prix so as to minimise the risk of further spreading the coronavirus.
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