No preferential treatment for F1 amid global vaccination drive

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has said the sport will not use unfair means to protect its 2021 season. This comes in light of suggestions that a widespread vaccination program could be implemented across the sport.

Vaccination programs have begun across the globe to combat the coronavirus. Dominecali was asked last week if F1 would fast-track vaccination for members in its microcosm. It would add another layer of protection to the environment they had built last year.

Domenicali claimed that F1 would not look for priority treatment. He said such a demand would put vulnerable individuals who are in urgent need of the vaccine at risk.

“This is a very important point, the most vulnerable [person] is the priority one,” Domencali said.

“On our side, we don’t want to jump the line of vaccination. For sure vaccination is very, very important and I would say I’m looking forward to be vaccinated as, I would say, everyone should be in this moment.”

Once vaccines are easily available, F1 will consult with all teams and look at the best way forward.

“We are for sure thinking what could be the discussion related to that,” Domenicali said. “So if that could be possible, we will for sure discuss internally about it with the teams.

“But we need to be prudent and see and respect, of course, what is the situation with all the vulnerable people.

“We don’t want to be seen as the ones that are taking away that, for sure. So a lot of respect on what the governments are saying, a lot of respect [for] what the people will do.”

A record 23 races are set to take place this season. However, COVID-19 has already forced the organisers into making some tweaks. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been pushed back to the end of the year due to travel regulations.

Domenicali agreed that the 23-race circuit will be challenging. However, he was confident that all measures would be taken to ensure that the sport is able to pull this off.

“The proof that we have given in terms of [professionalism], structure, protocols in place has been very important to manage the situation and the reason why we are totally confident that we can achieve the number of races that are on the calendar,” he said.

“Of course, it’s a challenge. But we are confident that with the relations that we have, this can really happen.

“As you can imagine we are a fluid and flexible to be ready with other possibilities,” he added.

“We have already a different plan, B, C, D, A in place ‘in case of…’. Here I’m totally transparent, the things that are fixed today can be different tomorrow.”

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