Red Bull Racing motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has addressed the issue previously, though his initial-and radical-idea of purposely exposing his team's drivers to the sickness failed to garner support within the paddock.
Helmut Marko made the startling admission while speaking with Austrian broadcaster ORF, explaining he had planned to organize a training camp to ensure drivers and team members would be in ideal physical condition once the season eventually resumes.
The Austrian was speaking in an interview with his country's television channel ORF, in which he added: "We have four Formula 1 drivers and eight or 10 juniors, and the idea was that we would organise a camp to mentally and physically bridge the dead time". And that would certainly be the suitable time for the infection to come.More news: Facebook To Invest $100M In News Outlets During Coronavirus Crisis
"These are all strong young men in really good health", he continued. "And you can be ready for what will probably be a very tough championship once it starts".
Red Bull declined to respond last night to Marko's remarks.
"Let's put it this way: it has not been well received", he stated. Seven of the first eight races have been postponed, while the Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled outright after organisers realised they could not fulfil their original date of May 24.More news: Rihanna Made a Major Donation to New York Healthcare Workers
"Max Verstappen is having more races than in a regular season", Marko said.
The Formula One season is now stalled after the cancellation of the March 15 Australian season-opener in Melbourne due to the spreading pandemic. He runs simulated races and sometimes participates in several races per day.
"At the same time they all have their own physio, which they use for fitness exercises". "You would have to be clairvoyant to make a correct forecast", he said. "So it's actually ideal to use this time now". "How far the virus has become infected in individual countries or under control is really hard to predict".More news: New York City to fine people for violating social distancing rules