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F1 Mole | 10:38 UK time, Friday, 17 April 2009

With just 12 days rest in between the end of the soggy Malaysian Grand Prix and getting back in the driving seat in China, you would have thought Formula 1's drivers would have been taking it easy.

Think again. These boys are hardcore, especially the Brazilians.

An aeroplane flies over Rio De Janiero in Brazil.

Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello both flew back to Sao Paulo and that is a jet-lag inducing 12,000 miles from Shanghai.

Jet-setting to Brazil from Malaysia and then on to China involves four days of flying, so we can only hope they had some good in-flight movies.

Fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr opted out of a rare return trip home and instead popped to Dubai where he took his Renault for - yet another - spin at an indoor ski centre.

Kazuki Nakajima of Williams fame spent some time at home with his family in Japan while Heikki Kovalainen opted for four days in the glamorous confines of Woking, at McLaren HQ.

And while we are on the subject of flights, the Mole has heard plenty of gossip flying around the paddock about Flavio Briatore's plane complaints.

Apparently the Renault boss had to give up some room on his private jet so the team could fly out an upgraded diffuser.

He might be even less pleased if the new aerodynamic part is not added to the back of the car pronto. The team are, however, are expected to give the new diffuser a whirl during Saturday's final practice and qualifying.

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