Medical Driver Alan van der Merwe Could Miss Races Due To Vaccination Status

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Formula One medical car driver Alan van der Merwe could miss more races on the 2021 F1 calendar, in addition to the Turkish Grand Prix, due to his decision not to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Van der Merwe, 41, tested positive for the coronavirus and did not travel to Istanbul, with the FIA’s Formula E crew standing in.

On Sunday, Formula One’s race director Michael Masi said:

“From what we understand, there are a couple of countries that you probably won’t be allowed to enter … unless you’re vaccinated.

“You need to comply with those requirements to enter the country and from that perspective the FIA obviously has to respect the country’s requirements to get in, as will all the teams and everyone else.”

After receiving abuse online, Van der Merwe clarified his status on Twitter, saying:

“I am fully aware that I will potentially be less employable or that my freedom of movement will be restricted based on my choices.

“That I will not choose convenience over my own health does not mean I am making decisions out of selfishness. We all just want to be healthy.

“In Switzerland (I’m half Swiss) and other developed countries, prior infection counts as much as a vaccine.

“I trust that those countries know what they’re doing, and also respect countries’ more restrictive rules and not travel there.

“If you want to get vaccinated, do it. I’m pro-vaccine for those that want and can have them.”

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