Pink Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko thought-about placing a camp collectively the place his drivers may get contaminated with the coronavirus earlier than the 2020 Formulation One season resumed.
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F1’s season has been indefinitely suspended by the worldwide pandemic. Marko, who runs the well-known Pink Bull programme which introduced the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen into F1, stated this era of inactivity was the right time for the corporate’s drivers to contract the virus to make sure they might not fall unwell later within the 12 months.
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“The concept was to organise a camp the place we may bridge this mentally and bodily considerably lifeless time,” Marko advised Austrian TV station ORF. “And that may be the perfect time for the an infection to return.
“These are all robust younger males in actually good well being. That approach they might be ready at any time when the motion begins. And you’ll be prepared for what is going to in all probability be a really robust championship as soon as it begins.”
He added: “Let’s put it this manner: it has not been nicely obtained.”
Helmut Marko gave the likes of Max Verstappen their break in Formulation One. Mark Thompson/Getty Photographs
When approached by ESPN, Pink Bull’s F1 group declined to touch upon Marko’s quotes.
In addition to the Pink Bull group of Verstappen and Alex Albon, the Austrian firm’s second group Alpha Tauri additionally competes in F1 with drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly. It additionally has 10 junior drivers in varied classes of racing affiliated to the programme not directly.
As with sports activities throughout the globe, F1’s 2020 race calendar has successfully been torn up by the coronavirus pandemic. Seven of the primary eight races have been postponed, whereas the Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled outright after organisers realised they might not fulfil their authentic date of Could 24.
F1 CEO Chase Carey nonetheless hopes to placed on 15-18 races this 12 months in a best-case situation primarily based on beginning sooner or later in the summertime. Ongoing talks embody the season extending into January subsequent 12 months so as to get by means of the backlog of rearranged races.
Nevertheless, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has urged the championship will fail to place any races on this 12 months.
Talking to Reuters about what he would do if he was nonetheless in cost, Ecclestone advised Reuters: “I feel I would should say we will shut down discuss of getting any races this 12 months. That is the one factor you might do safely for everyone so no person begins making foolish preparations which can not have the ability to occur.”