One McLaren and two Haas team personnel remain in isolation in Melbourne as they await tests are conducted to confirm their health status.
The coronavirus outbreak has officially been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and teams are acting with extreme caution to reduce the risk of infection.
However, some team members had show fever symptoms at the track which necessitated an evaluation at the Albert Park tracks isolation unit where swab tests were undertaken. The results are likely to be revealed this morning.
Both teams have confirmed that the staff in question have returned to their hotels and placed themselves under self-isolation until it is determined if they have contracted the virus.
McLaren has since issued a statement regarding the issue:
“We can confirm that one team member has self-isolated in the hotel as a precaution, in line with our policy, after showing symptoms similar to coronavirus.
“We are awaiting test results and currently do not have a definitive timeframe for these. The team is operating as per our normal schedule.”
If test results indicate the team members in question are indeed struck with the virus, it is unclear what the implications are for the team or the Grand Prix itself.