The Formula 1 is preparing the preseason tests in the Sakhir circuit, in Bahrain, which will take place from March 12 to 14. These tests will be essential for the performance of the drivers in the season. Sanitary measures to avoid contagion of COVID will begin to be carried out in the next few days, when the teams travel to Bahrain.
However, a controversy began to circulate in the paddock. The government of Bahrain confirmed that it was chatting with the leaders of Formula 1, and they proposed to provide all members of the category with a vaccination plan. This was confirmed in a statement released by the Sakhir circuit leaders.
“Due to the scale of events in Formula 1 this year, including the tests, the vast majority of participants will be present in Bahrain for a period of three weeks before the race,” justifies the government to offer the vaccine. “This, in turn, provides a unique opportunity to protect those who wish to seize the opportunity,” they say.
The Bahraini government is providing vaccines to some sectors that are not vulnerable. This attracted attention and generated controversy. The vaccine is the one provided by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech. However, the leaders of Formula 1 would have rejected the proposal that approached them, coinciding with the statements of Stefano Domenicali in recent months.
“This is a very important point. The most vulnerable are priority number one. For our part, we do not want to get ahead of the vaccination queue. Vaccination is very important and I would say that I am looking forward to receiving the vaccine as, I suppose, everyone is looking forward to right now, ”Stefano Domenicali pointed out a few weeks ago.
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