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Hamilton crosses the line for the final time in 2014 This is a question which has been asked by many people in the past. Basically, if the races a ...

Hamilton crosses the line for the final time in 2014

This is a question which has been asked by many people in the past. Basically, if the races are held every fortnight, all year long, then we might end up with a calendar that has about 26 races. And as it is, a season is worth 19 races every year, give or take, and since F1 is the pinnacle of motorsports, it has to maintain some exclusivity.

And since the F1 calendar is all jam packed, from March to November, and with testing in February; drivers are traveling and busy all year long. And with only a short designated in season summer break, seldom they get the time to be on their own. So, the winter break is the right time for the drivers to catch up with their personal life, and make the most of it. And, the period is not only for giving time-off to everyone involved with Formula 1, but it is also important for the sport’s relevance.  Hence, let us take a look at what exactly the drivers do in their off time. Do they go fishing, do they race, sign checks or do they take a nap all winter long? Let’s find out.

#1 Extra-testing

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Vettel at Abu Dhabi end-season test

The 2014 season lasted a little longer for some drivers, as an end season test was held right after the final race at Abu Dhabi. Though, it did not feature all the top drivers, but when your team is on the track, you just cannot scamper away. And with testing limited to only few occasions, some drivers took the onus of testing the cars.

Also, in December of last year, Sebastian Vettel, the new Scuderia driver, tested the Ferrari’s 2012 challenger at their private test facility in Italy. This marked the German’s debut for the Maranello based squad. Drivers often join their new squad in the winter.

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