In today's F1 Gossip, Marko reveals Verstappen's coronavirus fears, F1 hopeful of staging 15-18 races and more cost saving initiatives revealed for 2021...

- Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has revealed Max Verstappen called him over worries about catching the coronavirus, with Marko responding by saying “the best thing” would be for the Dutchman to get it “now so he became immune” (RacingNews365

- The latest Formula 1 cost saving efforts will include a ban on wind tunnel testing for the 2022 car until February next year (Auto Motor und Sport

- The organisers of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix are still going to try and find a new date in 2020 after postponing the original race date of June 7 due to the coronavirus outbreak (RACER.com

- McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says Formula 1 will be ready to start its 2020 season in the summer if restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic are lifted (RaceFans)

- Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says rival Formula 1 teams should trust the sport’s governing body, the FIA, with regards to its judgement on their 2019 power unit (Motorsport Week

- AlphaTauri has closed its F1 factory in Faenza until April 3 following new restrictions imposed by the Italian government due to the coronavirus pandemic (Twitter)

- Ex-Formula 1 driver turned pundit Martin Brundle says he is “sad” not to be witnessing a title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen because he believes the “tide is turning” in Verstappen’s favour (Twitter)

 

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