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McLaren plans close F1 and road car division in 2012 summer break



McLaren reveal that they are plans to shutdown both Formula 1 and road car division through this season summer break.

All F1 teams decides to close their factory during full 14-day of summer break during the three-week long August holiday to save costs.

“We are shutting down midnight on Sunday after the Hungarian Grand Prix. McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh told the guardian.

“As it happens we’re also shutting down our automotive production at the same time, even though we don’t need to do it.

“And we’re not doing it to avoid any aspersions being cast by other teams. It is a separate company. I don’t know what Ferrari are doing, whether they shut down their automotive side.

“But I don’t have any difficulty, in the submissions they make, that tell me their automotive side will be shut down. I don’t feel obliged to do it. It’s almost coincidental we are doing it.”

Whitmarsh admits that he had to question his own staff as to whether the right decision had been made to close following Sunday’s race following discovering virtually all of the remaining 11 teams are doing so a week later.

“We’re out of pace with almost everyone else. I did ask a few [rivals] why they were doing that. I also asked our people ‘have we got it right?’

“Our rationale is it will take two or three days for the cars to return from Budapest, so that’s two or three days during the shutdown period where we’re not wasting time.

“It also means it maximises the time after our shutdown period to find more performance for the race afterwards at Spa. Whitmarsh added.

“The exception, and it’s one we’re not planning on, is that if any of the teams has an incident in Budapest they can apply for dispensation to have a small skeleton team working on the car to ensure they can rebuild in time for Belgium.”

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