Former world champion Nico Rosberg banned from F1 paddock after refusing to get Covid vaccine

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Former world champion Nico Rosberg is unable to attend the Formula One paddock after it was revealed that he is refusing to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

F1 requires VIP guests, members of the media, team staff and drivers entering the paddock to be fully jabbed against the virus - something Rosberg, 36, is not.

Despite that, Sky Sports have continued to employ the German and are reportedly content to continue doing so, Rosberg having joined their coverage of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix via video link from his Monte Carlo home while commenting on the recent Monaco Grand Prix from just outside the paddock’s entrance.

Rosberg is quoted as telling German channel Sport1 that getting vaccinated made “no sense” for the 2016 world champion.

He said: “I recovered well from the corona disease and therefore have strong antibodies. I also have my antibodies tested regularly.

“Under these circumstances, my doctor advised me that vaccination would make absolutely no sense.”

A spokesperson for Rosberg has stated that the ex-driver has not tried to gain paddock access since the vaccination requirement was implemented.

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