F1 Rumor: Said to be eyeing mandatory covid vaccination (Update)

This rumor is upgraded to ‘fact’ today.

(GMM) Formula 1 personnel, including the drivers, must have received covid-19 vaccines in order to race and work at the circuits in 2022.

We reported recently that, amid the incredible saga surrounding world number 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, mandatory vaccination was also on the cards for Formula 1.

That has indeed now been pushed through the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, according to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“One of the last things approved in the last World Council was, as a precaution, to vaccinate all F1 staff to be in the paddock,” he is quoted by the Spanish sports daily Marca.

With a mandatory policy, F1 should be able to navigate the sort of restrictions that are in place in Australia and also elsewhere on the 23-strong 2022 calendar.

Domenicali said: “Vaccines and boosters are our way out of this pandemic, and we have to keep everyone safe and move forward together.

“I have been vaccinated and boosted, and I ask everyone to do the same. Formula 1 is moving forward, and we ask that everyone do their part.”

January 17, 2022 

Formula 1 looks set to mandate covid-19 vaccination for all drivers and personnel ahead of the 2022 season.

Amid the bizarre saga surrounding world tennis number 1 Novak Djokovic’s entry to Australia and attempt to compete in the forthcoming Australian Open, F1 is also not immune to vaccine-related controversy.

Formula 1 is also set to return to Melbourne after a two-year hiatus for the covid crisis this year, where the Victorian state government is requiring all international athletes to be fully vaccinated.

“We know that in some places, in some countries, in some events, mandatory vaccination is moving forward,” F1 governing body the FIA’s director of operations Bruno Famin is quoted by DPA news agency.

“It’s something we could consider, but nothing has been decided at the moment.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is hoping Formula 1 and the world begins to put the covid crisis in the past in 2022.

He said his children’s schooling was badly affected by restrictions.

“These children have of course been robbed of very important years,” the Austrian told FAZ newspaper.

“It was a silent suffering for them, and we will only be able to better assess the social and emotional consequences in many years.

“We’re not out of it yet, but I hope that these scars will heal too,” said Wolff.