We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Bahrain had offered to provide vaccinations to Formula 1 and the teams ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
According to reports, F1 had turned the offer down, as did teams, stating that they didn’t want to be seen cutting ahead of more vulnerable people waiting for vaccinations.
It was reported today that some teams have now taken Bahrain up on the offer. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, 90% of Ferrari staff traveling to Bahrain had accepted the offer for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on arrival.
An article at ESPN says that Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, said it was a personal decision, not a team decision.
“It is a personal decision who would like to be vaccinated and who would not and not a decision that we make as a team, in one direction or the other,” said Wolff.
Apparently the desire to get the vaccination is more important than F1’s altruistic statement about saving the doses for those more vulnerable. While F1 may feel taking the vaccination isn’t correct, individuals on a team do feel it is correct. Wolff did well to distance the team from the issue by labeling it a personal decision.