The F1 world has slammed Red Bull racing boss Helmut Marko for his comments regarding Max Verstappen and his fear over the coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic has suspended sport around the world as countries go into lockdown for health reasons.
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Marko was discussing the concerns the F1 driver had during these dark times.
"He told me on the phone that he is terribly afraid of becoming infected," he told Kronen Zeitung publication.
He then went on to joke Verstappen would be better to get it now, so he can hunt down the title.
"The best thing is that you get it now, since you are not in the risk group," he said.
"So that you will soon be able to hunt down the world title completely immune!"
But the humour didn’t go down as planned with fans slamming the joke amid the scary times around the world.
This. This isn't a joke. This isn't funny. This is further than tongue in cheek. People in @Max33Verstappen age group whom are healthy and fit are also showing severe symptoms. Dying even. Be ashamed Marko. #COVID19 #F1 @redbullracing @F1https://t.co/k84Oh5763N— F1Laps (@f1laps) March 24, 2020
Motorsport author Matteo Nugnes claimed the comments were offensive to thousands suffering around the world.
“A phrase, although jokingly said, denotes serious lack of respect for the thousands of people around the world who have already lost their lives due to the Coronavirus, but also all those who they are struggling attached to a respirator to survive,” he wrote.
Lewis Hamilton blasts 'selfish’ act amid crisis
Lewis Hamilton has taken aim at the “irresponsible” people who are flouting the self-isolation rule around the world during the coronavirus crisis.
Recently, Formula One teams have answered UK government calls to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in any way they can.
On Monday, the F1 champion made an emotion plea to those around the world and reiterated the key message of social distancing.
"There are people out there still going to clubs and bars and large gatherings, which I feel is totally irresponsible and selfish,” he said.
"There is nothing we can do about it either way except try to isolate ourselves, stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.
"I'm praying for those working at the local store, deliverers, doctors and nurses who put their own health at risk to help others and keep the countries running.
"Those are the heroes. Please stay safe, people."