Marko’s Outrageous Wishes For Verstappen: Virus & World Champ

Red Bull Racing's Helmut Marko discusses F1 2020 & World Championship for Max Verstappen
Helmut Marko is wishing for a virus and a World Championship for Max Verstappen in F1 2020. Have drivers been paid their racing fees in 2020? Virtual GP is a driver’s version of ‘work from home’, isn’t it? Also, please DO NOT take away our motor-homes.

Helmut Marko is one helluva chap! He’s wished the worst and best for Max Verstappen in 2020 – a virus and a Formula 1 World Championship! If Marko’s wishes come true, Verstappen would go from a life-threatening virus to a life-changing moment in a matter of a few months. Btw, 2020 is his only chance to claim the tag of the youngest-ever Formula 1 World Champion from Sebastian Vettel. But will we have at least 8 races to classify 2020 as a World Championship season?

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we tell you why racing in 2020 is important if we want to race in 2021. Will Formula 1 squeeze in a historic quadruple header in an attempt to host as many races as possible? Will the loss of revenue for teams be a good time to push budget cap reforms in the sport? Have drivers been paid yet in 2020? Finally, what race do you think would be the first of the 2020 Formula 1 season? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 11 – full episode + trailer)

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Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00 – Flatten the curve just the way racing car drivers straighten the chicane (Read: F1 2020: Mix of Virtual & Real Grands Prix)

3:00-6:00 – Max Verstappen’s biggest challenge to becoming the youngest-ever Formula 1 World Champion? The corona-virus more than Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes

6:00-9:00 – Will the 2020 Formula 1 season prove that shorter seasons could also be a lot of fun? Quality > Quantity! Let’s bet – which will be the race of 2020?

9:00-12:00 – To go racing in 2021, Formula 1 needs to race in 2020. Also, this is a historic moment to drive cost control in Formula 1. Jean Todt remembers Max Mosley. The Formula 1 budget cap should extend towards power unit development costs as well.

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12:00-15:00 – Dear Formula 1, please DO NOT take away motor-homes. The best coffee in the paddock? Williams! (Read: Please DO NOT Take Away Our Chequered Flag)

15:00-18:00 – Also, have drivers been paid their racing fees in 2020 yet? The Virtual Grands Prix can be considered as ‘racing from home’ for the drivers – but there’s no money or championship points in it

18:00-21:00 – Helmut Marko is wishing for a virus and a World Championship for Max Verstappen in 2020 – crazy!

21:00-end – Mercedes developed the DAS between December (2019) and February (2020) IF Esteban Ocon is to be believed! (Read: DAS: Mercedes Calling Hamilton’s Tyre Bluff?)

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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