Toto Wolff Explains Decision to Skip Vaccine Offer in Bahrain

Published 03/23/2021, 5:40 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 04: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by XPB/Pool via Getty Images)


While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make things difficult for the world of Formula One, the Bahrain government has offered to administer the vaccine to the F1 circus. But Toto Wolff has declined to get vaccinated, having contracted the virus earlier in the year.

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Wolff stated that the vaccination campaign in England was successful and didn’t want to jump the queue in Bahrain. The Mercedes boss did contract the virus during the off-season and will wait his turn to get the covid vaccine.

However, Wolff is not against the vaccination in Bahrain and thinks it’s a personal choice. He also understands it is more of an insurance policy to get the vaccine and knows that some members have already taken it.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Toto Wolff gives his reasons for not getting the vaccine in Bahrain

In an interview with ORF as quoted by PlanetF1, he said, “In England, we have a relatively good campaign and many people in the team have already been vaccinated (because it was their turn).

Wolff said, “I think as long as you don’t jump the queue, it’s good. And that’s why I made the decision for myself to wait when it is my turn.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

The Mercedes boss isn’t against the policy of vaccination.

“Of course, it is a personal decision,” he added. “This also has insurance aspects. But I think it’s good there was a possibility here.”

“It is a very personal decision whether someone wants to get vaccinated here in Bahrain or not.“Some F1 team members have taken it, others have not. I had a COVID-19 infection, and I decided to wait when it is my turn,” he concluded.

Wolff opens up about the pre-season testing in Bahrain

The Silver Arrows had a tough time on the circuit with the team facing gearbox issue, and their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, had dismal pre-season testing.

Wolff thinks people are just spreading the rumors of sandbagging since they have been so dominant in recent years. In an interview with ORF as quoted by Racing News365, he said, ” We’ve had some great performances over the years and that is why everyone is saying that we are sandbagging.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He added, “I think that we were the team that was running with the most fuel, but regardless the car was a bit toxic to drive and fairly unstable, especially with the crosswind. It seems like we have a small diva, like the car from two years ago, that we haven’t really understood yet.

The Brackley-based team aims to win their eighth title in the upcoming season. They have two talented drivers and hope they can take them to victory by winning the championship in 2021. What are your expectations from the Mercedes team in 2021?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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