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If New York is the city that never sleeps, F1 is its sporting counterpart.
Every second matters, as much off the track as it does on it. Not a minute is wasted—there's always something that can be done to improve the car or to bring in a new sponsor.
There's work to be done during the winter, during breaks between races, on the road between back-to-back events and on the flight home. Given free rein, every team on the grid would operate 365 days a year.
They can't afford to voluntarily take a break. You snooze, you lose.
So it's very hard for staff to take time off. If you're in the middle of developing a key component, due at a race or have a diary filled with sponsor meetings, you can't really vanish for a few weeks whenever you feel like it.
In response to this problem, F1 introduced an enforced shutdown. It's happening right now.
For two weeks every summer, all the teams have to close their doors. No factory work, no wind tunnel use and no designing. This year, per grandprix.com, they're even turning off their email servers.
Everyone from the highest manager to the lowliest worker gets a guilt-free fortnight to mentally switch off from the hectic world of F1, put their feet up and relax.
At least, that's the theory.
The "normal" personnel will indeed get a well-earned break; their bosses may not. Per Motorsport.com, Ferrari's Marco Mattiacci won't be shutting himself down because too much work remains to be done.
He's unlikely to be the only one.