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  • davee the rave davee the rave Aug 11, 2007 17:59 Flag

    I'm getting sick of these three week breaks

    the reason the 3 week break is in place is for the team members who go racing as they are so constantly on the go

    the truckies are away for 6, 7 days easily over a race weekend before snatching a few hours at the factory and home then on to the next race track

    the 3 weeks are welcome and i dont begrudge any of the team members a break

    the only thing it does for me is mean i have 3 weekends of planned work :(

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    • The season starts in mid March, and ends in mid October. Thats Seven months on with breaks between, and five months off, with the exception of a few test sessions. Not many people have jobs with that amount of holiday, and get handsomely paid doing so.

      Fare enough, race every two weeks. With all the logistics involved i understand that.

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      • The season starts in mid March, and ends in mid October. Thats Seven months on with breaks between, and five months off, with the exception of a few test sessions. Not many people have jobs with that amount of holiday, and get handsomely paid doing so.

        Fare enough, race every two weeks. With all the logistics involved i understand that.

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        Do you really believe what you have posted? Because if you do you live in another world.

        The teams you see at the circuit also work at the race shops when they are not at the circuit preping the cars ready for the next race. For example one of the front tyre changers might be a suspension specalist and the loolypop man might be a gearbox tech. They don't just do the pitstops. In the close season the teams are often testing once a week getting the cars ready for the first race. I see national grade teams test once a week in the UK so F1 is far more involved. Beleive me it is no fun working on a test day with just one car on circuit when it is freezing cold and pouring with rain. For instance we had a saloon car team hire the circuit I work at for three days for exclusive testing during last winter. F1 teams do the same as well as the major tests we hear about.

        The three breaks are vital for the teams that go to the races to recharge their batteries because travelling can be very tiring in itself

      • it wuld be nice if it was 5 months holiday but it isnt

        next years cars are already under design and development and when the 'race team' returns home they are the ones who strip the cars down and rebuild them before the next race and then travel on to hungary or where ever

        october to december is the only time they get some downtime, after christmas its back to testing and preparing for the new season

        thats why the 3 week breaks and testing bans were intorduced to give team members some decent leave

        i recomend steve machett The Mechanic's Tale as a good insight into the true mechanics life