The former Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug expressed the wish in a panel discussion on ServusTV to see the stars in the World Cup showdown without a mask.
The fight for the Formula 1 World Championship in 2021 between Lewis Hamilton (246.5 points) and Max Verstappen (244.5) is coming to a head, and at the latest since the collision in Monza and the subsequent exchange of the two title contenders, the psychological component is also an issue in media coverage.
Exactly for this reason, the former Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug advocates that Formula 1 fans electrified by the duel can also perceive the gestures and facial expressions of the two main protagonists at decisive moments.
In the Monday program “Sport and Talk from Hangar-7”, Haug wishes “that the mind games can soon be seen without a mask. Now is the time, with all caution. Then you can see even more facial expressions.”
In a video that can now be seen on the Formel1.de YouTube channel , Haug argues that the safety risk is low because: “All of them have been tested.” And at the last awards ceremony, the top 3 no longer wore a mask.
“Maybe you can suggest that to Stefano Domenicali. I think that would be very, very good for the end of the World Cup,” said Haug.
In the clip, which uses excerpts from the ServusTV program with the kind permission of the official Formula 1 broadcaster in Austria, he also expresses praise for Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s “wingman” at Red Bull, after his last Formula 1 expert Marc Surer had stated that in his opinion Valtteri Bottas was the better number 2.
“I think Sergio Perez has a crucial advantage that may not get enough attention,” said Haug. “You can definitely use it to drive the most incredible strategies because it can very often keep the tires alive for much longer.”