Sunday evening at Silverstone marked the beginning of a rare lull in the formula one calendar.

After eight races - four of them outside of Europe - separated by a week or a fortnight, the travelling circus can now enjoy two weekends off before the odyssey resumes in Germany mid next month.

Work at the teams' factories will continue apace, but for the drivers - no longer required even for tests - it is a different story: Ferrari's Felipe Massa confirmed he will take the opportunity for a rare extended stay in his native Brazil.

Williams' two race drivers are also planning a holiday: Nico Rosberg to the Mediterranean holiday island Ibiza, and Kazuki Nakajima to Norway.

"I'm going with a friend," said the Japanese. "We're going to do a bit of sightseeing, like looking at the fjords. I can't wait!"