‘Lockdown’ measures for ex-racing drivers partially exaggerated: ‘Not entirely understandable’.
Former racing driver Helmut Marko has registered the employees of his hotels in Graz for short-time work. “We closed all four companies and switched to short-time work,” said the APA from Styria. The applications were made in the previous week, directly after the exit restrictions were imposed. The Red Bull motorsport consultant is critical of the government’s measures.
“I am astonished at what people put up with and how they take it all in,” said Marko of the far-reaching interventions in private and business life, which aim to curb the spread of coronavirus infections. “This is not entirely understandable. You just have to look at it economically,” said the entrepreneur, referring to the economic costs of the downtime.
Marko could imagine offering his now empty hotels as alternative quarters, should replacement capacities be needed if the situation in the health sector worsens, but at the moment there is no need. “We haven’t considered that yet, but we’re on standby,” said the 76-year-old, who belongs to the risk group of older people. In addition to office work, Marko is currently spending a lot of time in nature. “I live my structured life,” he said.
Uncertainty about sports plan
There is currently a standstill in Formula 1, in which Marko has a significant influence on the fortunes of the two racing teams Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri. “At the moment there is nothing to say. You have to wait and see,” he said. A few days ago, Marko had said in interviews that the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 in Spielberg had to “go out” and that all Red Bull marketing plans were maintained.
If the current status remains, the Austria race is the third World Cup race this year after Montreal / Canada (June 14) and Le Castellet / France (June 28). The decision announced on Tuesday to postpone the Tokyo Summer Olympics to 2021 has made the question marks behind this season even more numerous. When and whether it will be possible to return to normality in the world of international sport in the next few months is more uncertain than ever.