Losing mid-season break unfair says Dennis

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is not pleased that the mid-season break, which F1 has just entered, will be scrapped next year. After the German Grand Prix the teams have a three week respite before the next race at the Hungaroring on August 18th but...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is not pleased that the mid-season break, which F1 has just entered, will be scrapped next year. After the German Grand Prix the teams have a three week respite before the next race at the Hungaroring on August 18th but it's missing from next year's provisional calendar. Dennis said it's harder for the mechanics and unfair that the teams were not consulted.

"The management can cope, putting aside any family aspirations, but it's exceedingly tough for the mechanics," he commented. "No grand prix team was consulted and I don't think that's particularly fair. We do get people at the end of a season saying that the strain on their personal life is too much. Team people are working very hard when they are at home as well, and when you go to America and Japan at the end of the year, you are away a month."

The 2003 calendar is waiting on the Melbourne circuit of the Australian GP too confirm safety improvements before it's finalized but Dennis doesn't think anything will change: "It's provisional at the moment but I don't hold out much hope of it changing. The people choosing the dates are not coming to every race or working on the cars." He said.

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