78th Grand Prix de Monaco F1
20 - 23 May 2021
A studious week-end in preparation for the 2021 Grands Prix
As usual in Spring, the ACM Marshals Training Camp took place last week-end on March 13-14, in a particular context. Two years after the last track racing events in the Principality, 496 volunteers were presents during these two days in order to rework their skills and reflexes, while getting acquainted with the new protocol which will be implemented for the three coming events (Monaco Historic Grand Prix – April 23-25 / Monaco E-Prix – May 8th / Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix – May 20-23).
Launched in 1972 by the ACM President, Me Michel Boéri, and organised in the “Chapiteau de Fontvielle” venue, the ACM Marshals Training Camp offers to all the Corps of Marhals members 10 workshops (first aid / Pre-video / Pre-rail / intervention / Post-vide / E-Prix / Timed run “Gazelle” / Flags and track signalisation / Fire) throughout these two days. Testing the reflexes, physical and reasoning skills of each candidate are the main objectives of this training camp.
Introducing some new procedures this year
In this particular context, the training sessions were put in place with a specific health protocol to respect and follow. Each person present had to prove a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours. Throughout the weekend, wearing a mask, distributing hydroalcoholic gel, disinfecting equipment were essential. “A procedure fully accepted and respected by our volunteers” according to Jean-Michel Matas, Deputy Commissioner General of the ACM, in charge of the Corps of Marshals. “They were exemplary”.
The sanitary protocol will be one of the key novelties of the ACM racing events in 2021. The workshops have consequently made it possible to explain and apply the measures put in place this year to all the volunteers in order to avoid any risk of COVID-19 contamination.
Another priority area of work was the fire training session, supervised as every year by the Firemen of the Principality of Monaco. The accident of French pilot Romain Grosjean on last November, has confirmed the ACM teams in the importance of working on the fire control and driver extraction procedures within a very short timeframe. This workshop has indeed been part of the Marshals training program for 14 years. “We were a pioneer” explains Jean-Michel Matas.
Fuel present in the gasoline of some historic cars during the Historic Grand Prix, methanol can create a specific fire. Marshals were trained for controlling it with the use of specific extinguishers. Finally, the volunteers received a formation on the electrical risks incurred with Formula 1 and Formula E cars.
The E-Prix taking place for the first time in 2021 on the large circuit, 42 “perche-man” positions have been created in order to handle the car without any electrocution risk.
Last highlight of the weekend was held on the Sunday with the flags handling and application of on-track signaling rules.
Around 680 peoples will be mobilized by the ACM Corps of Marshals on each event (Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Monaco E-Prix, Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix). 64 new volunteers join the team this year, including 16 women.
The upcoming dates for the Marshals will be held for the General Meeting at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on April 8th, and for the equipment distribution during the week-end of April 17-18, one week before the Monaco Historic Grand Prix (April 23-25).
Becoming a ACM Marshal ?
All the admission criterias are detailled in the following document :
The regirstration for the 2022 track races will start on September 16th, 2021.
If you require additional information, please call the Secretariat of the Corps of Marshals on +377 93 15 26 16.