Formula One driver Sergio Prez has tested positive for Covid-19.
The 30-year old Mexican who drives tor the Racing Point team has now been placed in self-isolation, along with those whom he has been in recent close contact with, under the sports trace and track capabilities.
It means that he will not be able to take part in this weekends British Grand Prix at the Silverstone track in Northamptonshire, England. It also makes him a major doubt for next weekends race at the same circuit, the self-named 70th Anniversary Formula One Grand Prix.
Despite the positive test result for Prez, there is no question of this weekends Grand Prix being cancelled, because Formula One organisers have planned for such an eventuality, creating a bio-secure bubble in which the ten teams move and operate, with an extensive list of health and medical protocols.
Prez is the first driver to test positive for the virus since the season finally got underway in Austria last month, although several support personnel have also contracted it.
At this stage it is not clear how Prez could have caught coronavirus, given that he has not been back to Mexico in the past few weeks.
Racing Point meanwhile have confirmed that the intend o run two cars in the race and have a choice as to who will partner Lance Stroll, the son of team owner Lawrence Stroll. They could opt for one of their two reserve drivers Steffol Vandoorne or Esteban Gutirrez to fill the vacant seat - or choose from one of the group of ex-drivers hoping to get their chance with one of the teams again.
Prez made his debut in Formula One debut in 2011 with the Sauber Team and has started 179 Grand Prix in his career to date. He joined Force India in 2014, and has been with the team ever since, although it has now been rebranded under the Racing Point name.
He has never won a Grand Prix, although he does have eight podium finishes to his name. In the three races so far this season the Austrian, Styrian and Hungarian Grand prix, he twice finished sixth and once seventh, earning points for the team on each occasion.