• INSIGHT: School's Out for Summer

The 'Out of Office' replies are on and F1's headed off on summer holiday!

Do you remember the 'end of term' feeling you used to get at school? The relaxed vibes of the final few days and the excitement of not having to return for a couple of weeks.

Some of you may have experienced that feeling recently. Others might remember it fondly, a nostalgic feeling of childhood and youth. That was definitely the case over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as the shutdown closed in.

Talk was dominated by summer plans and holiday destinations, recommendations of places to visit and things to check out. Of course, full focus was on the job in hand, but team members were eager to depart Budapest and take a break.

The chequered flag waving in Hungary didn't quite signal the start of the shutdown, though, as there was still an in-season test to complete and a few days left at the factory to work through.

But, once those were out of the way, it was time to turn on the Out of Office replies, head off on holiday and leave the factories to fall eerily silent...

The shutdown is mandatory in the Sporting Regulations, where for 14 consecutive days, F1 teams stop working and head off for some well-earned rest - which they're doing right this second, as you're reading this!

Jetting off to Majorca, Portugal, France, Canada or Miami, catching up with friends and family, decorating the house or doing the fastest zipwire in Europe, the shutdown presents team members with a rare and welcome chance to relax... or experience a different kind of thrill!

Getting the chance to unwind and recharge, in order to be in the best shape possible to tackle the second part of the season, is incredibly important.

The past few months have been relentless for F1 teams. There have been eight races in 10 weeks, including F1's first triple-header, but they've powered through and pushed to the absolute limit.

The season so far has been incredibly intense. The battle at the top of the Championship is remarkably tight, with three teams in contention and the pecking order changing from race to race.

With five wins, six pole positions, 15 podiums and both Championship leaders, we definitely think our team mates have earned their break, don't you?

Since the start of pre-season testing, some team members have spent 111 days away from home working and taken well over 25 flights so far.

That's a lot of time spent in the air, with flight distances for all races adding up to an unbelievable 54,406 miles up to team member's return from Budapest.

Of course, this isn't the same for every travelling team member, but back at the factory it has been an equally intense period of time working on designing, developing, testing and building the cars.

So, the summer shutdown is a much-needed opportunity for team members to head home, fly abroad for reasons other than to work and see their nearest and dearest.

So, for those two weeks, the factory is empty. Only a few departments, which don't impact car performance, are still in action. The rest head off for their summer break.

We're already part-way through the shutdown period and school's well and truly out for summer, but there's not long to go before F1 is back at Spa-Francorchamps.

We'll be back, refreshed and energised for battle at the Belgian GP later this month. Bring it on!