The human body is a strange thing. At the end of the F1 season, one has a tendency to relax and take one’s foot off the gas.

The problem with doing this is that the body says: “Whoa-ah!” and relaxes, and instantly one catches a cold and all of the sleep patterns go haywire. It happens every year as the body readjusts to living in the real world, as opposed to jumping on a plane to here or there.  

It is the worst time of the year to do deals because no-one is at their sharpest. Still, it is good to be home and beginning to think about doing healthy things.

Of course, Christmas is around the corner so slimming down is not an option until January, but it is nice to have the time to visit the local market and see friends who have not been spotted since the summer break.

The new F1 calendar has now appeared, though. I always find it amazing that it takes F1 so long to put together a final calendar when one looks at what some other sports do, and it is good to see that it is only 19 races again. The idea of 20 or more sends shivers down the spine.  

The events that had been listed in New Jersey, Korea and Mexico are not happening in 2014, while the unloved Indian GP is replaced by Russia, although the subcontinent hopes to get back on the calendar in 2015. Red Bull-funded Austria comes in to replace Korea. It is not a great calendar at a time when F1 is looking for ways to save money. Usually the dates are construed in such a way as to have two far-flung races linked (China and Japan, for example) but next year that idea seems to have been dropped and we have no fewer than five stand-alone, fly-aways.