“We’ll come again from Abu Dhabi, we’ll spend the week after within the manufacturing facility sorting issues out and have a comparatively simple week there, after which disappear for 3 or 4 weeks and have break.”
Toto Wolff, the crew principal of Mercedes, mentioned “everybody is actually on the restrict.” That has prompted discussions between the F.I.A., the governing physique of Method 1, and the groups to implement a winter shutdown as a part of the foundations subsequent yr, which means employees members must take two weeks off by means of the winter when no work could be allowed.
“I very a lot hope that we will do this for our employees,” Wolff mentioned of a winter break. “For the race crew that’s clocking many airline miles, that’s a constructive.”
He mentioned there would nonetheless be employees members working “flat out between Christmas and New 12 months” this December to get the Mercedes automotive prepared for 2023. The identical can be true for all groups. However as there may be much less of a change to automobiles for subsequent yr, redesigns received’t be important.
“Final yr was significantly troublesome with a brand new automotive,” mentioned Andreas Seidl, the crew principal of McLaren. “One season simply rolled straight into the following, and on the engineering facet there actually wasn’t a lot of a break. You may’t do this yr after yr.”
Defending day without work can be much more vital subsequent yr, when Method 1 plans to carry 24 races. However Method 1 will nonetheless finish the season in November, holding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the twenty sixth.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari mentioned he most well-liked a “very packed season, beginning late and ending early.” His sporting director, Laurent Mekies, mentioned the calendar was “very properly completed for subsequent yr” by guaranteeing that it nonetheless completed in November.
“Everyone might want to recharge, the crew members and the drivers, preparing for 2 extra subsequent yr,” Mekies mentioned. “Should you add that with the passion that we see on the market with the followers, and all of the vitality across the races, we’re all going to go and relaxation, recharge and are available again excited for subsequent yr.”