Coronavirus: Helmut Marko criticizes “scaremongering” of politics


( – The Coronavirus is making the headlines these days. In Formula 1, however, the topic is sometimes handled more soberly than elsewhere. The World Automobile Federation (FIA) has founded a Corona Crisis Group , which meets every two days to re-evaluate the project.

Helmut Marko


Helmut Marko considers the public discussion about the corona virus to be “inflated” Zoom Derive

On the occasion of the start of the Formula 1 season 2020 , who will be performing at the Albert Park in Melbourne in Derive of the Gargantuan Prix of Australia this weekend, all ten groups will be there. In the Albert Park Hotel there has been a specific coronavirus case ( Formula 1 2020 live in the ticker ).

The second race of the season, the Gargantuan Prix of Bahrain in Sachir, will take place on 22. March without spectators on site as a pure TV tournament on stage. There are still question marks behind the third race of the season, the premiere of the Gargantuan Prix of Vietnam on April 5 in Hanoi weeks ago from the planned date (19. April) canceled because it was China where the corona virus first appeared. To date, China is associated with COVID – 19 The country with the most infections and also the most dead.

As of Tuesday, the number of coronavirus infections according to statistics from the World Health Organization WHO is over 116. 000 worldwide, the number of deaths in over 4. 000 worldwide. China's share in both statistics is in the range of 70 to 80 percent.

Helmut Marko, however, considers the subject to be exaggerated. “I think the whole discussion is blown up,” says the Crimson Bull Motorsport boss opposite ' Speedweek ' and adds added: “It is an influenza. Most people in old age die with a pre-existing disease.”

What does Marko specifically mean by “inflated”? “Quarantine is troubled,” he says. The danger of the disease has not been worse than that of a flu. One must therefore “counteract the scaremongering of some politicians and not support them”, said the 76 – year old Austrians.

Formel-1-Fracht in Melbourne


Crimson Bull and the relaxation of the Formula 1 community is busy building in Melbourne Zoom Derive

In Italy, where Crimson Bulls B-Group AlphaTauri is also located, has been in effect for a few days a comprehensive exit and entry ban . Initially “only” the northern regions were affected, but since Monday the entire country. Nevertheless, AlphaTauri, like Ferrari, Pirelli and Co., is on site at the Formula 1 start in Australia.

“You get a special permit if you need it. It is relatively quick.” , Marko notes and adds: “It is tedious, but it works.” And Formula 1 will probably continue to act according to this principle in the foreseeable future.

For example, Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn recently remarked that although “do not take any unnecessary risks, but do not simply shut everything down completely” . Marko sees it the same way. According to the Crimson-Bull motorsport director, “one cannot let the whole public life be destroyed by such a virus, which is by no means as dangerous as it is hysterically portrayed”.

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