SA F1 Medical driver Alan van der Merwe to miss races over refusal to be vaccinated

South African Formula 1 Medical Driver Alan van der Merwe and his medical automobile colleague Dr Ian Roberts missed the Turkish Grand Prix after they examined optimistic for COVID-19. Now, it appears that evidently van der Merwe can have to sit out for the remainder of the season as a result of he has determined not to be vaccinated in opposition to the illness.


 Van Der Merwe stated he has contracted COVID-19 twice because the onset of the pandemic and likewise revealed that he doesn’t intend get vaccinated.

The medical driver suffered a lot criticism after he revealed his vaccination standing on Twitter. “You drive the medical car, and it’s appalling that you’re so blasé about acting like this and being disinformative [sic],” stated one Twitter person.

Van der Merwe responded with a lengthy thread, through which he defined the F1’s rigorous security protocols. Without giving an excessive amount of away, he additionally shed some gentle on his vaccine hesitancy however stated he’s “pro-vaccine for those that want and can have them.”

“Vaccines are exhibiting to be secure and efficient for the overwhelming majority of individuals. But what when you’re not within the majority? Do you robotically want to be excluded from society? Should some individuals’s well being be sacrificed for the higher good of a vaccine rollout?

My expertise of who has contracted C19 round me, the severity of the illness, and their vaccination standing is the one actual information I’ve that I can belief absolutely. This doesn’t undermine the info that you just want to use in any respect, nevertheless it doesn’t change my actuality & personal circumstances

Alan van Der Merwe

Van der Merwe additionally stated he’s half-Swiss the place a earlier COVID-19 an infection “counts as much as a vaccine.” He additionally claimed that that is the case in “other developed countries.” “I trust those countries know what they’re doing, and also respect countries’ more restrictive rules and not travel there.”


The medical driver stated he’s conscious that he’ll doubtlessly much less employable due to his decisions. He was changed by the Formula E security automobile driver Bruno Correia whereas Dr Roberts was changed by Bruno Franceschini.

F1 race director Michael Masi confirmed that van der Merwe may miss the ultimate races of the season as listed below are a few international locations the place you’ll in all probability not be allowed to enter until you’re vaccinated.”

“From that perspective, the FIA obviously has to respect the requirements of each country that we visit, which includes all of the teams and everybody else,” stated Masi.

Van Der Merwe will most probably have to miss the upcoming races in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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