Red Bull chief wanted F1 drivers to catch COVID-19 to be ready for when the season starts

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Red Bull chief Helmut Marko has revealed his controversial plans to organise a ‘corona camp’ for his F1 drivers so that they would be infected with the COVID-19 disease.


The virus has played bedlam with the 2020 F1 season, with the opening eight races being called off and it still remains unknown when the season will start.

Marko’s reason behind his ‘corona camp’ was that if the Red Bull racers got the coronavirus now, then by the time the season started they would have immunity from the disease.

Explaining on Austrian TV that Red Bull has four F1 drivers (Max Verstappen, Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Daniil Kvyat) as well as “eight or ten juniors.”

"The idea was to organise a camp where we could bridge this - mentally and physically - somewhat dead time. And that would be the ideal time for the infection to come. These are all strong young men in really good health.”

"That way they would be prepared whenever the action starts, and you can be ready for what will probably be a very tough championship once it starts."

Marko’s plan unsurprisingly did not go down well with the rest of the Red Bull staff stating that: “Let’s put it this way: it has not been well received.”

Meanwhile, F1 bosses are hopeful that the F1 season will kick off in the summer, with the racing calendar being reduced to at least 15 races.

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Marko has since revealed that Red Bull’s priority is to ensure their drivers are fit enough for the seasons' kick-off.

"If there is a racing season with 15 to 18 races, it will be very, very tough. There is no possibility to improve your fitness during the season. So, it's actually ideal to use this time now."

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