Renault Formula 2 junior Christian Lundgaard will miss the Formula 2 tests in Bahrain as the coronavirus outbreak has hit a Tenerife hotel he is staying in.
Lundgaard does not have the virus himself, but he has been placed in quarantine with no hotel guest allowed to leave.
This means that Lundgaard will not to be able take part in F2 winter testing on March 1-3.
“Regrettably, due to a genuine force majeure situation, Danish racer Christian Lundgaard will be unable to take part in the official FIA Formula 2 tests in Bahrain,” a joint statement from ART and Renault said.
“Over the past week, Christian, 18, has been participating in a winter training camp in Tenerife organised by Renault Sport Academy.
“However he has been detained on the island following an outbreak of the Coronavirus in his hotel.
“Christian has been checked by medical experts and is fit and well and not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, however the governing authorities have ruled all guests of the hotel must remain in quarantine for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of the virus.
“Renault Sport Academy, ART and Christian would like to thank you for your wishes. No further announcement will be made on this unprecedented situation.”
The coronavirus has already led to some major logistical challenges for the teams and the likes of Ferrari and AlphaTauri have been forced to implement a travel ban on some of their own employees.
The virus has caused the Chinese Grand Prix to be postponed, with doubts arising for the races in Australia, Bahrain and Vietnam.