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All Formula 1 staff must be vaccinated if they are to enter any paddock next season, in addition to complying with the individual Covid-19 regulations of each host country.

A report published by The times says the sport is expected to confirm there will be a mandate for all staff, including team staff, members of the media, drivers [the current grid are all said to be fully vaccinated already] and hospitality guests may require proof of vaccination if they want access to the paddock.

This move was reportedly due to concerns around the Omicron variant of the virus, which still produces a large number of cases worldwide even though the variant’s fatality rate has thankfully been lower. what others.

F1 sources previously told PlanetF1 that “Formula 1 requires all staff traveling to any grand prix event, or traveling anywhere on business, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“This requirement also extends to all drivers and all traveling team personnel, and no exemptions will be sought for anyone from any host country.”

A Formula 1 spokesman has since told the BBC that this will be the case in Formula 1 this season, and the move to compulsory vaccinations is said to have been confirmed at the December meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

As a result, this could make it easier to relax some of the stricter security measures in the paddock that have been in place for the past two years, such as reducing the frequency of testing.

The BBC also added, however, that the “FIA is willing to consider individual exemptions on a case-by-case basis, provided that the person in question was prepared to have a more rigorous testing regimen than fully vaccinated people.”

Several drivers have tested positive for Covid in the last two years, Kimi Raikkonen missed two rounds of 2021 and Lewis Hamilton, Lance Stroll and Sergio Pérez had been on the sidelines the previous season.

More drivers have also tested positive outside of race weekends, but the ‘bubble’ system, while still strongly recommended by the FIA, may no longer be a requirement for teams to limit contact with others in the paddock.

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