No summer break in 2003

There have been some unhappy mutterings about the lack of the three week summer break in the 2003 calendar but FIA president Max Mosley said the schedule will not change. Formula One is currently enjoying the break before the Hungarian Grand Prix...

There have been some unhappy mutterings about the lack of the three week summer break in the 2003 calendar but FIA president Max Mosley said the schedule will not change. Formula One is currently enjoying the break before the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 18th and most are glad of the chance for a bit of relaxation.

Next season's lack of a holiday is unavoidable according to Mosley. The only options would be to have three race weekends in a row or to move the date of the Monaco Grand Prix, which the organizers will not agree to.

"The answer is no," said Mosley, about the possibility of a change to the fixtures for next year. "We would have a really crazy calendar with three races in succession, or we would have to move the Monaco GP from a date we'd agreed with the organizers, and they built everything around one set date."

McLaren boss Ron Dennis recently commented that not having the break was unfair to team personnel who spend long periods of time away from home and need a chance to see their families. He was also unhappy that the teams had not been consulted about the decision. "The people choosing the dates are not coming to every race or working on the cars." He remarked.

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