Nico hulkenberg doesn”t need a breather at all. The renault driver even did some more test laps on the hungarian ring. But after that, even the man from emmerich can say goodbye to his formula 1 summer vacation.
Hulkenberg spends two weeks in mallorca. Only on 26. August the king of motorsports with him, sebastian vettel& co. Back with the belgian grand prix in spa-francorchamps.
"I don’t feel exhausted, it’s more about the team members. We as drivers have the physical part of driving, but between races we have time to rest and relax, while the others have to work all the time," hulkenberg told the german press agency in hungary. "We as drivers are in a pretty luxurious position."
Over the years, formula 1 has come closer to a summer break. In 2001, the racing series imposed an unofficial time-out of three weeks on itself. From 2009 onwards, the former "gentlemen’s agreement" has evolved into a binding agreement through the so-called "resource restriction agreement".
This was originally intended to reduce the immense costs of the treatment. The former mercedes technical director paddy lowe once described the time-out in the innovation race as a "fire break" in the horsepower chase that has now lasted 245 days. After the tests, the teams will have to shut down their factories completely for two weeks. Tufting on the cars is as forbidden as official work correspondence.
The staff away from the drivers in particular need a breather. "The job is not over sunday night. On the contrary: on monday morning it really matters. 90 percent of the performance is created in the factory," said mercedes motorsport boss toto wolff, whose racing team has abundant resources. "When we come back late sunday night or early monday morning, we have a normal buroroutine."
The so-called "triple header" in particular, with three races in immediate succession for the first time in formula 1 history (france, austria, great britain), was an extreme strain on the workforce. But now it’s time for family life for many of us.
"It’s vacation mode, you spend time with people you like, you do things you like. There are no work commitments, you have two weeks off completely and you can do whatever you want in that time," described hulkenberg, who enjoys playing tennis in his spare time – for example against former formula 1 driver daniil kwjat or current red bull driver daniel ricciardo.
Vettel looks forward to the unspectacular. After all that flying around, he wants to stay in one place with his family, maybe take a day trip on his bike or go fishing. "It’s going to be pretty boring and I’m happy about that," he said.
World championship leader lewis hamilton opts for a contrasting program. In contrast to his ferrari successor, the mercedes driver is unattached and has no children. "I’m still in the spab phase," stressed hamilton, who is famous for his restless jet-setting life. "I will probably travel around a bit. I like to travel as long as i can before i’m more set."
Time for his mother and sister is also high on hamilton’s summer agenda. Besides, his cousin is still getting married. "I’m sure there will be a good celebration," he said. Hamilton calls this "active recreation".
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