DTM cancels pre-season Hockenheimring test due to Coronavirus

DTM cancels pre-season Hockenheimring test due to Coronavirus

Hockenheimring
Photo: ITR GmbH

The DTM has cancelled its official pre-season test, scheduled to take place at the Hockenheimring next week, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic causing disruption in Europe.

The test had originally been planned to take place at Monza, but was moved to the Hockenheimring in Germany in late February due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in Italy.

ITR GmbH, the DTM organiser, had earlier this week said that the four-day test would be closed to media due to the virus, but it has now gone further and cancelled the test entirely.

“The health and safety of all people involved is our highest priority,” said ITR Managing Director Marcel Mohaupt.

“The general situation around the coronavirus, in conjunction with the directives made by German government authorities, and consideration for those involved, means we have taken the decision to cancel this test.

“Naturally, we’re disappointed that the DTM – along with many other sports – is having to take such measures, but obviously these are for the greater good.

“With regard to the start of the 2020 season, we are engaged in a close dialogue with our partners, manufacturers and local race organisers.”