The exciting title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has already been analyzed on the basis of all possible scenarios on the track. However, there is still a danger lurking outside the track: contracting the corona virus.
The 2021 Formula 1 season is going in all directions and has already led to some soap-like scenes both on and off the track. Despite all the race-related issues, the factor that currently still grips our world: the coronavirus is almost rarely taken into account. The infections are now rising again worldwide. An infection at Verstappen or Hamilton during the coming month is fatal in the title fight.
Hamilton points to situation
Hamilton himself knows what it feels like to be at home with corona during a race weekend. He experienced it about a year ago, when he had to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix due to a corona infection. At the time, however, he was already world champion. An infection now would have completely different consequences. “If my friends miss a day or a week at work, it doesn’t mean their whole year is wasted. For us drivers, it is. The year can be over if you miss one or two races,” Hamilton told various media about the coronavirus.
Verstappen is not too busy
Title competitor Verstappen tries not to get too involved with the whole situation surrounding the corona virus and he tries to live his life as normal as possible. “If I slip in the shower and break my neck, it’s the same thing, right? And if I go for a walk in Monaco, slip and break my leg, it’s not really great either. I don’t think about it too much. I live my live the way I’ve been living for the past two years since the coronavirus has been around.”
Horner insists on protocols
Verstappen can simply leave that too much thinking to team boss Christian Horner. The Brit is concerned about his employees. “In Europe, the numbers are increasing everywhere. We cannot be negligent with our protocols. It is great that all the fans are back, but we must continue to follow our protocols closely. And we will continue to do so,” it sounds from the Red Bull – team boss.