Although the COVID-19 pandemic remains a hurdle faced by the entire F1 organisation, bosses have said they have no intention of skipping the queue for vaccinations in order to ease the current strains on the sport.
Many countries around the world have begun vaccinating their most vulnerable citizens in the fight against the current third wave of infections, and while there have been suggestions that Olympic athletes will receive their dose ahead of the Tokyo games, Stefano Domenicali has said there will be no line jumping.
However, F1 bosses confirmed they would continue to keep an eye on the ever-changing situation with each country’s vaccination programmes, and will vaccinate staff when supply becomes available.
Speaking at a press conference the CEO said:
“This is a very important point because you can take this from both sides.
“What I can tell you is the priority for us is the safety for vulnerable people. On our side, we don’t want to jump the line of vaccination.
“For sure vaccination is very, very important and I would say that I’m looking forward to being vaccinated as, I would say, everyone, should be in this moment.
“We are thinking about what could be the discussion related to that. So if that could be possible we will for sure discuss it internally with the teams.
“But we need to be prudent and see and respect, of course, what is the situation with all the vulnerable people.
Domenicali added that the last thing they want is to be seen as taking much-needed vaccine away from the world’s most vulnerable people.
He said, “So a lot of respect for what the governments are saying, a lot of respect for what the people will do.
“But in that respect, we need to be prudent and all I can say is I hope to be vaccinated soon.”
Although the Australian Grand Prix has been postponed until November, with a potential doubleheader in Bahrain kicking off the season, a 23-race calendar remains on the horizon for the 2021 season.