Jon, a Coordinate Measuring Machine Inspector, talks through another fascinating feature of F1: "You are never doing the same job two days in a row, you are always swapping from one job to the next. When I go home at 2.30pm, I probably won't see the job I am working on again because someone else will pick it up and finish it up later on or that night, such is the priority of the parts."
Due to the fact many areas of the team are running 24-hours a day, quiet moments are a rarity. "Depending on how the new car build is going, there are perhaps a couple of quiet weeks around the shutdown, but apart from that it seems to always be a busy department," Jon adds. "There are always things being changed on the car, so we are continuously machining new components."
For Jon, he starts to see parts for the new car from mid-way through the previous year, and it only ramps up from there. "We see each and every component come through this department, so there's a lot going on," he adds.
It's not the case in all areas of the team, but many reach peak levels of activity around the festive period. It's a crucial time for the team, in order to meet those notoriously strict deadlines and be as prepared as possible for the challenges of a new season.