Almost all of the drivers on the 2021 grid, as well as FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, have delivered a message in a newly released video ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, asking people to get vaccinated in the fight against the pandemic that began almost two years ago.
At the time of writing, over 265 million people tested positive for the virus and more than 5 million people have sadly passed away after getting it.
The message in full from the drivers and Jean Todt can be read below:
''Take care of your close ones, play your part and protect your community.
Get vaccinated, I think it’s the sensible thing to do.
Please do your bit; it’s a small thing that will make a big difference.
We’re finding our way back to things we love but COVID has not gone away.
We need to be on this together and we need to be all in the same boat.
Hopefully it is one step closer to reducing the risk, so I just encourage everybody to get it so we can all move forward.
Please do get the vaccine, remain cautious and protect yourselves.
Play your part and protect the community.
Keep [people] around you safe and if you have the opportunity to get vaccinated, please do.
Let’s keep ourselves safe, take a vaccine and stay safe.''
In a statement released by F1 on the topic, the sport’s CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “Vaccines and boosters are our way out of this pandemic, and we need to keep everyone safe and move forward together. I have had my vaccine and my booster and ask everyone to do the same. Formula 1 is moving ahead, and we ask for everyone to play their part.”