The world of Formula 1 has just closed its gates and sent its staff home for a 14-day period after a gentleman’s agreement between the 12 competing teams.
“What can you do during this period? Nothing, absolutely nothing”, said Alberto Antonini from Autospring, who was “backed up” by Peter Sauber: “Formula One is making a pit stop, and I think it’s been a good system.”
The first team to shut down its activities was McLaren who closed its doors at Woking on midnight after the Hungarian grand Prix and Red Bull has sent its workers home, until next Friday. The other teams, like Force India, Lotus, Sauber, Williams, Mercedes, Marussia, HRT and Caterham will close their activities between Monday the 6th of August and the 20th of August, while the shutdown of Toro Rosso began on Sunday. Ferrari’s holiday plans are not clear for the moment.
Bruno Senna, the Williams driver, has returned to his native Brazil country and he announced that this is the real vacation “in several years”.
“I will not see a sponsor, I will not see the team, I will not see a journalist – I’m staying home and will sleep in my bed and enjoy the sun”, said Bruno Senna who was quoted by Globo: “The engineers can’t even take their laptops home.”