F1 Marshalls: The unsung heroes of a Formula One Grand are the race marshals. Let us find out how does one become a marshall in F1.
Formula One has numerous stakeholders making the races happen week-in week-out. The primary stakeholders are the constructors, the engine suppliers, the drivers, and the circuit management.
But there is one stakeholder which does its job quietly, away from the spotlight. I am talking about the humble race marshals. They ensure the safety and security of the track, as the drivers go full speed on the tarmac. The marshals are trained to move in to help at the first sight of a car crash, or similar incidents.
How to Become an F1 Marshall?
The life risks of a F1 marshal is pretty high, considering they are extremely close to the racing action, as they are stationed all over the circuit. Apart from the race track, some are also assigned the pit lanes and the paddock area.
F1 Marshal: Qualities required to become a marshall
F1 marshaling is a high-pressure high-risk job, and it requires utmost passion for the sport. And it is definitely for the weak-hearted. A lot of perseverance is expected too, as one generally starts with the smaller race tracks, and eventually climbs up the ladder to F1.
Here are some of the qualities required to become a marshall:
- Extremely passionate for the sport of Formula 1
- A strong heart, ready to take on the challenge of ultra-speed racing
- Extremely hardworking as the work is tiring and tedious, especially in races with a lot of incidents
- Strong presence of mind, and the ability to stay fairly calm in all conditions
- A stickler for the FIA rules and regulations
- Good communicator, and ability to work in a team from diverse backgrounds
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Roles available in a marshalling job
Rescue Unit Crew
Track side Marshal
Where to apply to start the journey as a marshall?
There are numerous websites where you can apply and start your career as a marshal, and hopefully reach the dizzying heights of F1. Some of the most prominent websites are mentioned below:
British Motorsport Marshalling Club
British Rally Marshals Club
Motorsport UK – Marshalling
Motorsport UK – Volunteering