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USF1 Makes Progress while Europe Vacations

by F1Fan on January 5, 2010

Peter Windsor made some astute observations in his recent blog post on the USF1 site.

Christmas in the US and Europe sure is different.

Christmas in the US is a short affair, typically Christmas Day and that’s it!

Where as in England the base for most of the Formula One teams other than Ferrari, Torro Rosso and Sauber, Christmas is a major holiday with company shut downs spanning from Christmas Eve through New Years day which this year means that work didn’t resume until January 4th a period of 12 days and effectively even longer when you take into account the Christmas Parties and general pre Christmas slow down due to hangovers.

However USF1 needs all the extra time it can gain, as Peter windsor mentioned in his blog with barely the basic components of the chassis finished a lot of work remains:

And the first chassis – top, bottom and nose – sits upon the Bay Cast flat plate in the R&D shop; it looks gorgeous. Soon we will be fitting all the electrical components, spring/damper units and suspension arms; the front and rear wing main planes are nearly finished and over in California Kenny Hill and Gordon Kimble are not too far away from completing the first batches of axles, hubs and bearing clusters.

Early in my career I worked for a US company first at their UK base and then at the California Headquarters and I completely understand Peter Windsors comments regarding the effectiveness of having a clear window of time during the work day without interruptions:

You start as Europe is entering its afternoon frenzy, fresh and ready. You match that until lunch time – and then in the afternoon you move forwards, untroubled by interruptions from the F1 world outside. I remember my factory days at Williams as endless series of meetings and fragmented discussions; there were never the productive five or six hours we now have in the American afternoon.

As a UK employee of a US firm the mornings were the time we could get stuff done, once US Management arrived on site in California the late afternoons were pretty much a waste of time, taken up by endless conference calls explaining why this or that hadn’t happened.

As a long time dedicated Formula One fan and someone that is routing for USF1, the team of my adopted home I am betting on their success, so every little advantage counts big time in my book.

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