Marko vigilant on protocol: 'We may need to refine something'
By Srihari HS 21 mei 2020 | 10:58
Helmut Marko has released more information about the current status of the Austrian Grand Prix. According to the Red Bull Racing advisor, the Austrian government is currently considering the safety concept of Formula 1 Grand Prix. He hopes to receive a response by the end of May.
"Based on our current knowledge, we are hopeful that the two races in Austria will be completed. The current status is that the concept lies with the Ministry of Health and they are assessing the protocol. So there is already a safety concept for the FOM," the Austrian told Austrian channel OE24.
However, the current concept does not necessarily have to be the final version of the proposal. When Formula 1 gets it back, they are willing to make adjustments to the existing protocol: "I expect that we will have an answer from the government by the end of May, we may need to fine-tune."
Marko does not let go of spectators
Earlier, Marko said that he wanted races with spectators at the Red Bull Ring. Although that suggestion was shot down by the Austrian Minister of Sport, Marko does not let go of the idea: "Safety comes first. But we want to go back to 'normal' life."
Spectators at sporting events are part of that. Coronavirus development varies by country. Better tests are now available, we know more about the disease, and the amount of infections varies from country to country. "A protocol should not be as strict in every country," the man from Graz suggested.
Marko expects a full season
Formula 1 starts remarkably late this year because of the coronavirus. Still, Marko expects to be able to run a full season in 2020: "I believe that with a lot of willpower - especially when the season openers continue in Austria - we can deliver a world championship with ten to fifteen races."
"That would make it a worthy championship. However, this does require an enormous amount of flexibility from Liberty Media," Marko concluded. The American rights holders of the series must be willing to bend over backwards to be able to hold a Formula 1 race at most locations. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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