Reaches the summer break in F1 but, what say the rules?


In the last few weeks, the so-called ‘summer break’ is in the mouth of all the protagonists of the present of Formula 1, especially when defining the development of the cars or the signings of the teams in the face 2017.

But such a break is not something merely symbolic, which marks the halfway point of the season, but that is determined by the regulation in force in the Formula 1. This was an initiative taken by the teams when Bernie Ecclestone started to increase significantly the number of races to compete in during the season. after a few years of stability with fifteen or sixteen races, it has come down to the 21 appointments of the current calendar. This, together with the custom teams to work virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week, let no rest to the members of the teams, especially those traveling to the Big Prizes.

The first to arrive to the circuits in week of Grand Prix, which they usually do on Tuesday and, after the race, they begin a tough race against the clock to get to the next circuit or the factory. With so many races throughout the year, in 2009 it was decided to include in the regulation an enforced break during which the teams can not work in anything related to his activity in Formula 1, except repairs or maintenance necessary for the next race.

In essence, the regulations require to stop the activity for fourteen consecutive days between the last Grand Prix of July and first of August, which is usually held the last weekend of the month. Each team chooses when to start said recess and communicates it to the FIA before the start of the season. To prevent any team to slip through the regulations and take advantage over their competitors, the regulation specifies what operations are permitted and which are prohibited. To ensure compliance, the AIF carries out controls to the effect.


below, we describe in detail what the rules specify about the ‘summer break’ official Formula 1. Both headings are listed in the Sporting Regulations of the Formula 1.

21.8. All competitors must comply with a period of cessation of
the activity of fourteen consecutive days located between two events
that are separated by at least 24 days during the
months of July and/or August. If two consecutive events are
separated by only 17 days in this period, the cessation of activity
it should be of thirteen days. In any case, competitors must
notify the FIA of its period of cessation of the activity within the
30 days prior to the start of the championship.

During the period of cessation of activity, or the equipment, or to
affiliated to the team may carry out or instruct a
third party on any of the following activities for or on
name of the computer:

  1. Operate or use any wind tunnel (excluding any
    activity or service).
  2. Operate or use any computer with simulation CFD
    (excluding any activity or service).
  3. Production or development of parts of the wind tunnel, the
    cars, to test or tools.
  4. Sub-assembly parts of the car or the assembly of the cars.
  5. Any work of any employee, consultant or
    sub-contractor related to design, development or production
    (excluding any activity that is performed in the circuit
    as preparation for the event immediately subsequent to the period
    of cessation of activity). Each competitor must notify their
    providers, the dates of cessation of activity and should not come to any
    agreement or contract with the intention of violating the prohibition of the
    above-mentioned activities.

21.9. During the period of cessation of activity, the following
activities will not be considered as a violation of the

  1. Repairs carried out with the consent of the FIA in a
    car seriously damaged during the event preceding the period of
    cessation of activity.
  2. Assembly and maintenance of demonstration cars static,
    none of which should include production, ensamblamiento or
    maintenance of parts of the cars current.
  3. Operation and use of any wind tunnel or computer
    provided simulation CFD, provided that they are used for
    projects not directly related to Formula 1 or to a
    a competitor who, at that time, is not in its period of cessation of
  4. Any activity with the sole purpose of caring projects
    not related to Formula 1, subject to the written approval of
    the FIA.
  5. Any activity related to the thruster unit, as
    defined in article 23.4 (e).