Most members of the Ferrari Formula One team have accepted Bahrain’s offer to get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of trials and the start of the season this month, despite the sport’s declared reluctance to skip. The tails.
The newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported this Wednesday that 90% of Ferrari staff traveling to Bahrain has accepted Pfizer-BioNTech’s offer of the vaccine upon arrival, after Italian health authorities raised no objections.
The Italian team did not make any official comment on the matter.
Champion Mercedes did not comment on her employees and said it was a private matter for the individuals. Sources from other teams took a similar approach.
The boss of Mercedes F1, Toto wolff, who has had the virus, told German journalists last week that the team was neutral on the issue.
“It is a personal decision of who wants to be vaccinated and who does not, and not a decision that we make as a team, in one direction or another,” said the Austrian.
Italy has recorded more than 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths since February last year, the second highest figure in Europe after Britain, and the country’s vaccination campaign has started slowly.
Bahrain GP organizers offered vaccines to all participants last months before testing this weekend, and a second dose after the March 28 race.
Formula 1, based in Great Britain, then ruled out being vaccinated as a traveling group, and CEO Stefano Domenicali told reporters that the priority remained the most vulnerable in society.
“We have to be prudent and see and respect the situation of the most vulnerable people and we do not want to be seen as those who remove insurance,” added the Italian then.