Posted on

Formula One’s South African medical car driver REPLACED for 2022 season

Monde Motors - South Sudan. Find Used Cars for Sale in Juba, South Sudan at the best prices on our online car bond. To upload your own cars for sale visit Juba Monitor Classifieds

Eagle-eyed Formula One fans would’ve noticed that there has been a new medical car driver for the first two races of the 2022 season.

READ | FORMULA ONE RETURNS TO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LAS VEGAS AFTER 40 YEARS

Portugal’s Bruno Correia has taken over from South Africa’s Alan van der Merwe, an FIA spokesperson confirmed to the RN365 website.

  Frustrated Max Verstappen bullish about Saudi Arabia recovery

Van der Merwe started driving the medical car at Grands Prix in 2009 and was in recent years joined in the passenger seat by Dr Ian Roberts, the FIA F1 Medical Rescue Co-Ordinator and Deputy Medical Delegate.

However, at the 2022 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula E Safety Car driver Correia took over at the wheel.

READ | F1 TO RETURN TO SA? A TRIP DOWN PITLANE TO THE LAST RACE IN 1993

However, Correia will not do duty at all 22 of the scheduled races this season as he has other commitments.

  Listed: High-risk vehicles for car jamming theft

Alan van der Merwe is not vaccinated against Covid-19

The change comes after Van der Merwe and Roberts both missed last year’s Turkish Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19.

READ | SEBASTIAN VETTEL CLEARED TO RACE IN AUSTRALIA AFTER COVID ABSENCE

The FIA nominated Correia for duty during the Istanbul Park event, after which it emerged – as reported by The South African website at the time – that Van der Merwe had not been vaccinated against the virus, putting his attendance in doubt.

  How Do I … Apply for a disability parking permit

“I am fully aware that I will potentially be less employable or that my freedom of movement will be restricted based on my choices,” the Swiss-South African wrote on social media.

“That I will not choose convenience over my own health does not mean I am making decisions out of selfishness. We all just want to be healthy.”

READ | EX-FIA BOSS MAX MOSLEY SHOT HIMSELF AFTER CANCER PROGNOSIS

With the FIA’s strict Covid protocols in place this year demanding that all F1 passholders be fully vaccinated to the standards of their home country, Van der Merwe’s stance means he is no longer eligible for Medical car duties.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Bernd Maylander will continue to drive F1’s Safety Car.

The third race of the 2022 Formula One season will take place in Australia on Sunday, 10 April.

READ | F1 2022 STANDINGS AFTER SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *