2021 Bahrain F1 Test: Sainz Joins Most of Ferrari for Vaccine Jab, Leclerc Misses Out

Published 03/10/2021, 5:45 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)


As the F1 community prepares for the 2021 season opener, the Ferrari team prepares to join the vaccination campaign. They have reached the venue for their first F1 seasonal tests and immunization dosages scheduled this weekend.

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The team has taken the advantage of the state-provided program in Bahrain. As for the drivers, Carlos Sainz will be a part of the testing and immunization process; however, Charles Leclerc might not be.

“Charles Leclerc, who has just been negativized after the disease, will not receive the vaccine as he is likely already immunized. Carlos Sainz, on the other hand, almost certainly will.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“The vaccination will take place in a health facility not far from the circuit. Mercedes has also offered the same opportunity to its employees and many of the men on the away team will get vaccinated,” explained a report By Gazzetta.

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Ferrari takes advantage of Bahrain’s vaccination campaign for F1

The Italian government has been having important discussions concerning the vaccination campaign. The Maranello team decided to take advantage of Bahrain’s vaccination campaign to protect the staff against the virus this season.

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“In order to protect its staff, who this year will be involved in a long series of trips for the World Cup, and also not to burden the Italian health system, has decided to take advantage of a possibility of vaccination offered by a foreign state,” said the report.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 walks to the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

When Bahrain proposed vaccination, F1 received it with a bit of coldness and rejected the offer. However, the teams were of the view that prevention is better than cure. Keeping in mind the long season ahead of them, they decided to use the opportunity handed to them.

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Six Formula 1 drivers have contracted the virus till now. It is every team’s top priority to ensure that their drivers do not get infected. Hopefully, the biggest F1 season will be successful and without large hurdles.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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