Formula 1 has denied reports from Switzerland that a major vaccination campaign will be carried out in the paddock before the start of the 2021 F1 season – Obviously, such a program would only ever be effective if the vaccination was forced on personnel, therefore made a mandatory requirement to participate in F1.
The 2021 Formula 1 season will still have to deal with Covid-19 and the adaptability of the organisers, as well as the teams and all the other members of the paddock, according to the sports governing body.
The originally planned calendar has already been shaken up since Australia will not host the opening round of the world championship, and the 2021 season will start in Bahrain on the weekend of March 28th.
The circuit of Imola also makes its appearance in April (18th April) to fill in the gap left by the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix to a later date not yet known.
Formula 1 has to find solutions to avoid having to postpone other races and the Swiss newspaper Blick understood that a major vaccination campaign would be carried out by the FIA to inject the Covid-19 vaccine into the drivers and team members.
This solution would be proposed, again according to Blick, in order to be able to organise travel and Grand Prix races in a smoother framework and without having to submit to possible entry restrictions in the different countries visited by the championship.
Obviously, such a program would only ever be effective if the vaccination was forced on personnel, therefore made a mandatory requirement to participate in F1.
However, this information, which was reported in many media on Monday, was formally denied in the columns at RTL by a Formula 1 spokesman:
“I can tell you that this is a very serious problem,” he said.
“information is false and that there is no such plan on the part of the FIA or F1. ”
Although this possibility seems to be ruled out, there are nevertheless several uncertainties regarding the organisation of several rounds of the calendar with the next fear being the cancellation of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Indeed, the organisers of the Monegasque race, scheduled to take place on the calendar on the weekend of the 23rd of May, must prepare two months in advance in order to put the circuit in the streets of the Principality.
In the medium term, the other races will be held on urban circuits could also quickly come under threat, such as the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan or the Canadian Grand Prix.