With the world still being gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the kingdom of Bahrain has extended an offer to the traveling F1 circus to get vaccinated for the virus using Pfizer's BioNTech vaccine.
With Bahrain hosting both the pre-season test and the opening round of the season, the teams will spend a considerable amount of time in and around the Bahrain International Circuit, given the timeline involved, the officials in Bahrain extended an offer to vaccinate individuals, with Pfizer's BioNTech the vaccine of choice.
Despite the offer, Formula 1 has decided that it will forego the vaccination in Bahrain, saying in a statement:
"Formula 1, as a UK based organisation, has no plans to be vaccinated as a travelling group ahead of the already established rollout of vaccines through the health system in the UK.”
The pre-season test is set to take place on March 12-14 with the first race of the season taking place a fortnight later on March 26-28