No 'unvaccinated' F1 drivers can race in Melbourne in 2022, including SA's Alan van der Merwe

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 • Australian state premier Daniel Andrews has announced no unvaccinated drivers will race in Oz.
 • SA's Alan van der Merwe missed the recent Turkish GP due to having tested positive for Covid a second time.
 • Van der Merwe has openly shared he will not be vaccinated and understands his job might be on the line. 
 • For motoring news, go to Wheels24.

"Unvaccinated" Formula 1 drivers and personnel will not be permitted to race in Melbourne next April.

That is the news straight from the mouth of Daniel Andrews, the premier of the Australian state of Victoria - where Melbourne is the capital.

He responded to reports that world tennis number one, Novak Djokovic, refuses to disclose his vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne early next year.

READ | SA's F1 medical driver Alan van der Merwe could lose his job over vaccine stance - report

"I don't think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country," Andrews said.

"And if they did get a visa, they'd probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks. But let's not personalise it.

"I don't think any other tennis player or golfer or Formula 1 driver will even get a visa to get here.  If I'm wrong, I'm sure the federal government will let you know.

"You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe."

Andrews also warned that his stance about professional sports needing to be fully vaccinated to enter Victoria would not change "for a while".

"We're not going to be essentially encouraging people not to get vaccinated because they reckon they can wait a few months or a few weeks," he said.

Earlier in October, Wheels24 reported the career of SA's Alan van der Merwe, F1's regular and long-time medical car driver, is on the line over his view about Covid vaccines.

Van der Merwe, who has driven the medical car at grands Prix full-time since 2009, missed the most recent race in Turkey due to his second Covid infection.

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Alan van der Merwe

But now, he stands to miss even more races in 2021 because of his decision to forgo a Covid-19 vaccine - which is now a requirement for entry to many countries.

F1 race director Michael Masi said: "From what we understand, there are a couple of countries where you will probably not beallowed to enter unless you are 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."

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