MotoGP returns to action at Silverstone this weekend, after five weeks off - longer than intended, due to the cancellation of the Kazakhstan round at the Sokol International Racetrack. It does so just as F1 takes its summer break, with no racing for the four-wheeled series throughout the month of August.
While the breaks are mutually beneficial - It is easy to avoid scheduling clashes in Europe for the two series with such a time away - it brings into stark contrast the relative power of the two series. Both F1 and MotoGP have a very heavy Spanish and Italian presence, with France also a major player in F1.
But anyone who has holidayed in those three countries knows that August is the month where the entire nation takes a vacation. Businesses shut down and everyone heads to either the beach or the mountains, depending on just how keen they are to escape the heat.
So if a race series is to have a summer break, August would be the month to have it. Though race teams and racing departments never really have time off, having time away from racing when family and friends are also free makes it a lot easier to organize social and family life.
Here's where I return to the contrast between the two series. It is plain that F1 comes out on top here, with MotoGP forced into a subordinate role. While the engineers at Ferrari have some time with their families, staff at Ducati Corse and Aprilia Racing are stuck in the office, parsing the data from Silverstone and Spielberg, and slaving through the weekend to try to find another few hundredths.