Marko on Austrian government's coronavirus handling: ‘I don’t understand much’ Formula 1

Marko on Austrian government's coronavirus handling: ‘I don’t understand much’

By Srihari HS 25 maart 2020 | 11:00


Helmut Marko understands little about how the Austrian government is dealing with the coronavirus. The Austrian, who owns two hotels, sees his income evaporate and does not understand what all the fuss is about. However, his hotels can be usefully used, if necessary.

In addition to being a Red Bull-advisor, Marko is also an entrepreneur. He owns the Schlossberghotel and the Augartenhotel, both of which are located in Graz. As hospitals in Europe reach their full capacity, these hotels could be put to good use, and Marko is open to the idea.

The Austrian is willing to open up his hotels to corona patients should the Austrian government need his properties during the outbreak: “We haven’t considered it yet, but we’ll be there when needed.”

Hotel income evaporates

“I am amazed at how people deal with this. I don’t understand it very much; you have to look at it from an economic perspective,” the Red Bull man said, according to Kronen Zeitung. For the time being, Marko seems to be more concerned about the financial implications than the health risks.


Marko himself belongs to the high-risk group. At the age of 76, the threat of the infection is higher for the man from Graz. However, Marko says he does his thing quietly: “I just live my structured life.”

Nothing to say about Formula 1 calendar

The Red Bull advisor previously said that the Austrian Grand Prix must be held - after all, it is the home race for Red Bull Racing. Now, he doesn’t want to say much about the start of the Formula 1 season: “There is currently nothing to say about it, we have to wait and watch,” he concluded. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)


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