GAME STOCK CAR CHALLENGE
By: I.P. Freely, Thursday, 31 July 2014
Tired faces left the Japanese paddock on 9 July looking forward to a break.
Not only was there a rare month-long break since Suzuka, the teams have agreed to close their factories and even turn off email servers for a two-week period.
It means almost everyone involved in the hectic world of F1 League SA was forced to take a holiday.
Thus far 2014 was a season lamented with controversial changes to both the rules and vehicle specifications - and many would like to forget 2014 and move forward, which is why the F1 League SA will be undergoing a transformation - not only in management, but also in the platform used to host the racing with.
The F1 League SA will also open its doors to other classes such as Go-Karts, Indycar, DTM, Touring Cars, Rally, Truck Racing etc. but will also host open wheel racing.
Due to the retirement of multiple drivers - AI would be used to fill the grid, and will be reduced as members join during the remainder of the year.
"The break will do us all good," said world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has had a difficult first half to his latest title defence.
"You just try to relax and get a little bit away from thoughts of the race track," the German, who lives quietly in Switzerland with his partner Hanna and 7-month-old daughter Emily, smiled.
According to Bild, a mischievous Vettel has a cheeky idea about how he would like his Red Bull engineers to spend their break.
"I'd like them to drop by the Mercedes factory," he joked, referring to Renault-powered Red Bull's struggles against its more powerful rivals in 2014.
As for Ferrari, boss Marco Mattiacci - new to F1 and the sport's traditional 'summer break' - doesn't like the idea of shutting down just when the struggling Maranello team has delivered a strong result.
"We are not stopping thinking about how to make progress, there is no shutdown," he said.
"We are about 1.2 seconds behind the leaders, which means months or even years of work, so we cannot allow ourselves to shut down mentally," Mattiacci added.
And before the official holidays begin, a series of key meetings are scheduled to take place.
The first involves team bosses in London on Thursday, while Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mercedes' Niki Lauda will sit down on Saturday with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
The main theme is the need to react to the sport's supposed flagging popularity by adjusting the regulations.
La Gazzetta said the themes uppermost in Ferrari's mind is the need to free up the possibility for technical innovations, relax the engine 'freeze', and increase track testing.
Also potentially on the table is a proposal offering a championship point for the fastest driver on Fridays, the newspaper revealed.