Lewis Hamilton has issued warning from Australian Grand Prix boss after Novak Djokovic debacle | F1 | Sports – World Today

Lewis Hamilton and his fellow Formula 1 drivers have been warned they will not be allowed to enter the Australian Grand Prix unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19. Race organizers will be determined to avoid the furore surrounding tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s revoked entry into Australia.

Djokovic had his visa revoked upon entering the country ahead of the Australian Open. The Serb is a vaccination skeptic.

Australia has imposed tough laws on citizens during the pandemic.

And Australian Grand Prix authorities have already told drivers they will not be allowed to compete unless they are vaccinated.

Chief Executive Andrew Westacott said the rules for the event have been clarified – that racers and staff must all be fully jabbed.

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There will be no exceptions – not even for seven-time world champion Hamilton.

“The rules are easy to bring into the country and the rules are easy to apply in Formula 1,” said Westacott.

“To attend the event you must be 100 per cent vaccinated and no exemption from anyone will be sought.

“Our arrangements were in place long before the recent events at the Australian Open.

“There are many issues that need to be discussed with the teams,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali earlier this month.

“We will have to deal with the problem of Covid again next year and it will not be easy.

“But two years into the pandemic we have completed some super intense seasons and that makes us cautiously optimistic about how the start of the 2022 season should look like where unfortunately Covid could still be present.

“But it is no coincidence that one of the last things approved as a precautionary measure at the last FIA World Council is to vaccinate all F1 staff to be in the paddock.”


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