Following the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix, which was scheduled for March 21, the main focus of the brand new season is firmly on Bahrain with testing due to run from March 12 to 14 with the opening Grand Prix of the 2021 season going down there on March 28.
“The overwhelming majority of members can be current in Bahrain for a three-week interval forward of the race,” Bahraini organisers of the Grand Prix stated in a press release on Sunday night.
“This, in flip, permits a singular alternative to present further safety for many who want to take up the chance within the type of vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine).”
Highlighting “one of many highest vaccination charges globally” with now “5 totally different vaccines” out there to the inhabitants, Bahrain stated it was “extending the programme to main occasions within the kingdom on a voluntary foundation the place timescales enable”.
According to a supply inside Formula 1, the offer can be rejected.
Based within the United Kingdom, just like the overwhelming majority of groups, F1 intends to stay in step with the British vaccination schedule in order that its workers aren’t seen to be benefitting from privilege.
More than 20 million folks have already acquired a primary dose of the coronavirus vaccine within the UK, which has recorded nearly 123,000 deaths, probably the most of any nation in Europe.
The choice to run Grands Prix in Bahrain has stirred controversy prior to now on account of the dominion’s human rights file.
In November 2020, 16 human rights teams wrote to Formula One accusing them of enjoying a “central position in ‘sportswashing’ the Bahraini authorities’s human rights abuses and “performing invaluable PR for Bahrain’s authorities and threat additional normalising the violation of human rights within the nation”.