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Summer shutdown: The insider view – Force India

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F1 2015 summer shutdown: The insider view - Force India
August is a weird month in the world of Formula One. The season reaches its mid-point: the hierarchies are established, the battles for the title and the various championship positions are starting to heat up and teams are busy launching upgrades.

And then it stops.

The summer shutdown, introduced to create a mandatory break for everyone involved in the sport, is a slightly anticlimactic beast, interrupting the show just when you are getting more and more gripped to it: it’s like an end-of-series cliffhanger for your favourite TV show. The break is not kind on the fans, who may relish the idea of spending their hot summer weekends watching on-track action: but it sure is a welcome concept for most of the F1 insiders, who get some time off to relax with family and friends and stop thinking of gearboxes, front wings and the constant flow of emails.

Unfortunately for us, and for our Best Fans, the final race before the summer break was not a very memorable one to lead us into the summer break. There are several positives, however, on which we should focus: while we may have missed a strong result and one more double-points finish, the updated VJM08 showed good pace, even on a circuit that, on paper, was not one of our strongest. This is promising for the coming races, the crucial rounds in which the battle for the championship places that matter – fourth and fifth – will intensify and reach a peak.

Tough weekends make the team stronger in the long run: it may sound like a cliche, but it is true. It’s out of difficulties that solutions are found, and those ideas that promised so much in Hungary will be refined and improved to make our car even more competitive in the next races.

As the team breaks for two well-deserved weeks of holidays – if you spot us on the beach, come and say hi! – we wish everyone a glorious summer. There won’t be much going on on the website in this period, but keep watching our social media channels: we have a few surprises coming for you – and they’re big!

Finally, do remember that, even though the summer break may mean four long, brutal weeks without Formula One, there is one redeeming grace at the end of them all.

When we return, ready to resume those on-track battles and to bring the show back to life, it will be for the most epic race of all. We can picture Spa already… (Source: Force India)

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