A major economic issue for the world of sport, the coronavirus seems to lead to certain risky behaviors. An official from the Austrian Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing admitted to having proposed a strategy of voluntary contamination of the drivers with the new coronavirus so that they could be immunized from it for the start of the season, but without winning their case.
Helmut Marko, one of the leaders of the team, where he is responsible for the young pilots sector, explained on Sunday to Austrian television ORF that he had offered to “organize a camp for them to be infected”. “They are in excellent health and, like that, they would have been ready to start the season,” he added, before adding that his idea had “not been well received”.
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Due to the pandemic, the Grand Prix of Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan have already been postponed, while those of Monaco and Australia have had to be canceled. The 2020 season should not start before June 14 in Canada at the earliest, that is to say three months late. Last week, Helmut Marko had already criticized the consequences of the containment decided by the Austrian government for the economy and declared himself “slightly surprised” that “people accept as easily to take everything on them”. Non-essential businesses, schools, universities and sports halls have been closed to the public since mid-March in Austria in an attempt to slow the epidemic of the new coronavirus which has already killed 108 people in the country.