Formula One teams will operate in groups of people mostly kept separated from each other when the F1 season starts behind closed doors in Austria next week after being stalled since March, said Reuters.

“The Formula One paddock will be a bubble,” said Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies. “But inside ... you will have an individual bubble for each team with pretty much no or minimum interaction between a bubble or a team and another.

“Inside the team bubble, which is inside the F1 bubble, we will also do more bubbles,” added the Frenchman. “So you will have probably the car 16 (Charles Leclerc) bubble and the car 5 (Sebastian Vettel) bubble and inside them probably engineers and mechanics and so forth.”

The separation means anyone who tests positive will have had limited contact with others, with tested stand-ins ready to be slotted in if needed.