Bahrain: A total of 1,000 race marshals are being trained to ensure next month’s Formula One race kicks off without a hitch here.
The volunteers will be strategically stationed around the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, as part of a comprehensive plan to be implemented during the race weekend from April 1 to 3.
They will be working round the clock from as early as 5 am until midnight throughout the three-day Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, said BIC circuit operations director and Motorsports Marshals Club president Fayez Ramzy Fayez.
“There are 1,000 marshals and they are the hidden soldiers who really care and are passionate about the race and they make it happen,” he told Gulf Digital News. “We don’t pay them mainly because we want those who are passionate and not those who are coming for a job.”
“They’re the best guys you can get, they are there because they want to be. We are very proud of them,” he added.
The majority of volunteers are Bahraini, including women, and about 85 percent of them are seasoned marshals.
All will undergo extensive training to ensure they are ready for the event.
“Different types of marshals are medical, fire or track marshals, flag marshals, communicators, observers and scrutineers – there’re over 15 different types of marshals,” explained Fayez.
The others fulfil a variety of duties all for the purpose of running a safe and trouble free race.
The marshals will also work closely with the Formula One medical team, which consists of around 200 medical professionals.
The 57-lap, flood-lit Bahrain Grand Prix will be the highlight of the weekend’s festivities, with the race beginning at 6 pm.