Technology: Max Verstappen: Hope that Covid-19 does not decide the World Cup

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite for 2022 French Grand Prix with plus odds for first time in four rounds

  Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite for 2022 French Grand Prix with plus odds for first time in four rounds For the first time in four weeks, Max Verstappen shows plus odds after failing to win in back-to-back races for the first time in 2022.This is the first time this season that Verstappen has failed to win back-to-back races with Carlos Sainz, Jr. taking the checkers in the British GP and Charles Leclerc winning the Austrian GP. Verstappen finished second in that race, giving him eight podiums in 11 races. His opening line this week is +125 to win the race and +120 to win the pole.

Max Verstappen: Der Weltmeister von 2021 trägt aktuell keine Maske in der Formel 1 © Motorsport Images Max Verstappen: The world champion of 2021 is currently not wearing a mask in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton a mask in the Formula 1 press conference before the France Grand Prix 2022 in Le Castellet ( follow all units in the Formula 1 live ticker! ), Mick Schumacher too. Max Verstappen, however, is one of the drivers who do without it, because mask wearing in Formula 1 is no longer prescribed.

Whether he is still worried that Coronavirus pandemic could still play a role in the further course of the season? Verstappen says: "Of course. We open everything, but sometimes it seems when people forgot that [the pandemic] is still there. It would be really sad if drivers would miss race again."

Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins French Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc crashes out

  Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins French Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc crashes out Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins French Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc crashes outVerstappen took the checkered flag 10 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton after Leclerc crashed out of the race from the lead before his first pit stop. Leclerc had held off Verstappen over the race’s opening laps and Verstappen pitted first.

Verstappens Current Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez was the first Formula 1 driver who missed a Grand Prix in 2020 due to a positive Covid 19 findings. Hamilton was also missing after positive test results. Finally, Sebastian Vettel had to do without the start of the 2022 season.

Whether masking would make sense for Formula 1?

In view of the increasing number of infection, the question arises whether it could make sense to wear masks again in the Formula 1 driver warehouse. "Of course everyone has their own preferences here," explains Verstappen and freely says: "I don't want to do it."

But there are also doubts: "If you are in separate areas and are together with people who are no longer tested, then it could look different. You can of course look at that," said the Formula 1 world champion from 2021 .

In principle, the racing series adheres to the "specifications of the local authorities," says Verstappen. "So it also depends a bit on the respective country."

(Current information on Coronavirus pandemic and behavioral recommendations can be obtained on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.)

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