Perez and Sainz take up Bahrain vaccine offer

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Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz have both confirmed that they took up the offer to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on their arrival in Bahrain for pre-season testing.

Prior to testing and the Grand Prix later this month, the Bahraini Health Ministry extended the offer to all Formula 1 personnel travelling to the country.

The sport itself initially confirmed that their employees would not be taking up the offer, with F1 keen not to “jump the queue”.

However, it was reported on Wednesday that some team members planned on accepting the offer and the two drivers confirmed today that they had received their first dose.

Perez was the first driver to test positive for COVID-19 and was forced to miss both the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone last season.

“We got offered and I took the decision to take it,” the Red Bull driver said. “For me, back in Mexico, I don’t know when I would have been able to get it.

“It was really nice of Bahrain to offer it to us and yeah, I took it myself.”

Sainz added: “I did take it. I think it was a great opportunity and I am obviously thankful to the Bahraini government for offering it to so many people that are travelling around the world. I am happy with it.”