The world of sports, along with the rest of the world are still suffering through the Covid-19 pandemic. As things stand now, it looks like the (now misnamed) 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place this summer without international spectators. As for the athletes and teams, being vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be compulsory.
Nor is it in MotoGP, where most of the paddock got vaccinated in the period between the winter test and the first two rounds of the 2021 season thanks to the Qatari Government.
The F1 paddock was offered the same option by Bahrain, but Stefano Domenicali, the President & CEO of Formula 1, turned down the offer saying they don’t want to jump in the queue. “But we need to be prudent and see and respect, of course, what is the situation with all the vulnerable people. We don’t want to be seen as the ones that are taking away that, for sure,” he told the RaceFans.net website. Some teams and individuals accepted the possibility anyway.
In MotoGP Carmelo Ezpeleta and Dorna welcomed the offer when it was first presented, also believing that it can help to make a full season possible, complete with oversea races.
"When we decided to move the test from Malaysia and Jerez to Qatar, it gave us the opportunity to stay for a long time in Qatar," the Dorna CEO said. "Then the Qatari Government offered us this opportunity. Obviously, we said we would be extremely happy to do it. It is something that has helped a lot for the championship. It is very important for us and we will remember to this always. The vaccination is helping a lot for the Asian races and the GPs there, but also for the European ones."