Nico Rosberg BANNED from the Formula 1 paddock as he refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Nico Rosberg is BANNED from the Formula 1 paddock because he refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with the former world champion set to carry out his duties as Sky Sports pundit remotely following the sport’s new protocols

  • Nico Rosberg was ordered to perform punditry duties remotely
  • The 36-year-old works for Sky, but cannot attend races under new rules
  • He is not vaccinated against Covid, which is a must for all Formula 1 staff
  • A spokesperson said he currently ‘does not need’ vaccines

Former world champion Nico Rosberg has been banned from the Formula 1 paddock after failing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Rosberg, who beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2016 title before retiring five days later, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports.

But the 36-year-old must perform his role remotely in accordance with the sport’s new requirements for 2022 Covid.

Nico Rosberg worked as an expert on Formula 1 races for Sky Sports

Rosberg retired from racing in 2016 before pursuing a pundit career

Rosberg retired from racing in 2016 before pursuing a pundit career

Rosberg lives in Monaco and took his Sky demands to the harbor – just yards from the entrance to the paddock – during last weekend’s race in the principality.

All traveling Formula 1 staff – including drivers, team members, caterers and media – must be fully vaccinated to enter the paddock.

A spokesman for the former Mercedes driver told the PA news agency: “Nico Rosberg has recovered from coronavirus infection and currently holds a certificate of recovery.

Rosberg (right) is no longer allowed to attend races in person and must work remotely

Rosberg (right) is no longer allowed to attend races in person and must work remotely

Rosberg partnered with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes before joining Sky

Rosberg partnered with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes before joining Sky

Roseberg won the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, before retiring five days later

Roseberg won the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, before retiring five days later

“He has his antibody levels tested regularly and, on the recommendation of his doctor, does not currently require any vaccinations.

“Furthermore, he continues to adhere to all necessary hygiene and precautionary measures. He continues to carry out his commentary duties for Sky.”

Rosberg appeared remotely as a Sky Sports pundit for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in April.

The next round of the 2022 season will take place this weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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