We’re on the verge of the Canadian Grand Prix marshal recruitment process. This process is a little different to say Singapore GP which has a narrow window of recruitment in the month of March that is strictly enforced. Canada is looser. Recruitment starts in early March and runs through April. I think the first time I applied it was May before I sent my application for the June event. But as with anything, the earlier you start planning the more prepared you will be.
My favorite features of the event include a number of things that are unique to the Canadian GP. For example, you are rotated through three different station assignments over the three day event. That’s cool! Especially if you have a crappy station assignment on the first day, it will without a doubt improve for qualifying or the race. Similarly, if you get a really good station assignment on the first day, it’s balanced out with something different to experience.
There are two official languages in Quebec: English and French. Or better put French is the primary language but most everybody speaks excellent English. This is evident on comms should you have the radio at any point during the event. Stations communicate with Race Control in their native tongue, so you will hear plenty of French and plenty of English. For any polyglots out there, it’s an excellent way to practice calls in (or at least hearing them) in a foreign language. Canadian GP is always a great place to get used to French on your way to Le Mans per se.
Canadian GP does not issue overalls like most other GP’s. You bring your own Whites or Oranges. I guess most flaggers do wear White. But I’ve seen plenty of Canadians, especially those working recovery wearing Orange. The weather could get cold and rainy so definitely bring wet weather gear. They do provide a great looking event polo-shirt and other knick-knacks. But there is a $30CAD fee to participate. Register at:
Some photos from my two years there (photos I got in trouble for):