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Invitation to Marshal the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix on Baku City Circuit in June 2016

Good news for those of you Formula 1 marshals chasing after new host countries: Azerbaijan is recruiting marshals for their inaugural Grand Prix of Europe held on the Baku City Circuit this June.

Here’s the quote directly from the marshals web site:

“Baku City Circuit Operations Company”, the promoter of Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe in Baku and “Azerbaijan Automobile Federation” are inviting YOU to take part in the race as Marshal!

Who are the Marshals?

Marshals are the key players who make motorsports happen! From the pits and paddock to trackside, marshals allow F1 race run smoothly.

Marshals also named as “Race Officials” in F1 world and their job is essential in providing life-saving safety cover for F1 teams and administrative functions for entire Marshals’ team.

Here is the basic classification of roles and responsibilities for the Marshals:

Scrutineering Marshals – Checking all cars for safety and eligibility each day and to examine any car involved in accident under the direction of FIA Technical Delegate
Flag Marshals – Warning the driver of any situation or danger ahead
Track Marshals – Rescuing drivers, sweeping and clearing debris off the track, assisting Fire & Rescue marshals, assisting Track clearance or Recovery teams
Observers (or Communication Marshals) – observe all happening around the circuit and report it to race Control via radio
Pit Marshals – Responsible for pit layout
Grid or Start line Marshals – Positioning the cars on the grid
Recovery Marshals (Track clearance) – responsible for evacuation and recovery of cars after accident and transporting them to the paddock

What do I need to become Marshal?

Marshalling is for anybody who is real F1 fan and wants to be involved in Baku City Circuit track operations. You don’t need to have any special skills or qualifications to start, just internal drive for speed and common, a reasonably developed sense of self-preservation as the safety is top element of marshaling. Besides, you are expected to meet the below basic requirements for marshaling:

• Knowledge of English
• Medical Fitness
• Minimum age of 21
• Ability to work long working hours and under special working conditions (wearing protective clothing, working under the 35+ Celsius degree etc.)

Are Marshals Paid?

No. Marshaling is a hobby. All Marshals are volunteers who enjoy being part of motorsport.

Main benefits of being Marshal:

• Taking part in making history
• Becoming part of an international family
• Getting closer to the race more than anyone
• Getting Marshal License from Azerbaijan Automobile Federation (AAF) according to FIA standard, which allows to take part in other motorsports events, also beyond borders
• Socializing with sports-loving, hardworking, fun people

Apply now and get a chance to become a part of a Baku Marshals club!

Please send your CV to marshals@faa.az

Facebook link www.facebook.com/BakuMarshals

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I was really hoping to do the Blancpain Sprint/Endurance Series season finale there until it was moved elsewhere, but F1 doesn’t really interest me at this point in my marshaling life. A big plus for this event is that the Bahraini Marshals have been brought in as advisers to help with the smooth running of the event, and the Bahraini marshals are awesome!

Sign up if you can go: https://www.bakucitycircuit.com/marshals

Good luck!

What Should My 15th Country To Marshal Be?

As I’m soaking in the sunshine in South Beach, Miami admiring all these beautiful people from all over the world, I can’t help but wonder what should the Fifteenth country for me to marshal be?

It’s quite the anniversary and an accomplishment in my book, but it’s also frustrating to figure out what to do. The best course of action, so to speak.

So what are my options?

I’ll start with what I’d like my options to be, and it’s something I’ve written about before. And they are the most unlikely places that I’d really like to marshal but that haven’t allowed me to marshal there yet. And they include Macau and Japan. Macau or Macao would be amazing to experience the Guia Circuit (which I’ve visited as a tourist before) during the Macau Grand Prix where all sorts of Motorsport takes to the street course over the same weekend, including Open wheel cars, Touring cars, and Motorcycles. That would be fantastic, but unlikely because 1. I don’t speak Cantonese to work there, 2. I don’t live in Hong Kong or Macau and don’t have the appropriate work visa to volunteer and 3. I cannot make any of their training sessions to qualify as a local volunteer, and they’re not open to visiting marshals which is a shame. It’s a similar situation in Japan to volunteer for the SuperGT series at Suzuka for example for Pokka 1000 which I thought would be a really cool event. Main issue there is I don’t speak Japanese and none of the locals are keen to babysit a foreign marshal even though there are Japanese marshals that travel to other countries to volunteer, they don’t reciprocate.

I have considered reaching out to the Bahraini marshals to see if I could join them for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. That seems like a destination that would be quite memorable to visit. But I don’t know how likely they are to accept me as a volunteer.

Recently I considered Mexico as a convenient place to go to next. I’ve worked with a number of Mexican officials at the Long Beach GP, the Canadian and US GP’s and other events in the US. But when I reached out to my Mexican contacts I was made to understand that it was “impossible” to volunteer in Mexico because they were oversubscribed on marshals as soon as their GP was announced. Bummer!

Perhaps Brazil would be a logical choice? Well, the only thing that has stopped me from going to Latin America so far is the outrageous VISA fees. I can’t imagine paying $160 or $180 dollars for a visa when I normally don’t spend that much on flights. So that’s not really at the top of my list thus far.

So the logical choices that I’m left with are the Netherlands or Austria which both host a series I am extremely interested in: DTM. I would love to do the German touring car series in either one of the countries because I’ve already made contacts with both organizers and have worked with plenty of Dutch and some Austrian marshals to know I would be able to manage my volunteering trip there quite easily and conveniently. But which one should I focus on?

That’s the dilemma I’m faced with before I walk a few steps to the amazingly warm waters of the Atlantic and float around for another hour enjoying the opportunity I jumped on to book a cheap flight. Note to self, I ought to sign up for the Miami ePrix to have a better excuse to come back to South Florida to marshal Formula E, although last year that opportunity seemed quite hush hush, because only select few were invited, treated well with hotels that the organizers provided and payment for their work, which is pretty unusual in US volunteering…. maybe that’s why I wasn’t invited?