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Marshals General Meeting
18 May 2022
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Marshals General Meeting

With only 18 days to go before the Monaco E-Prix, the Corps of Marshals have their traditional General Meeting this Tuesday evening in order to prepare the coming events and to discover the main lines and new features introduced in 2022. The volunteers present were given the latest safety instructions, particularly in the event of fire and electric shock.

The evening was marked by speeches from our President Michel Boeri, the Councillor/Minister of the Interior Patrice Cellario, the ACM General Commissioner Christian Tornatore, the ACM Medical Delegate Doctor Paulmier, Commander Yvrard and Captain Vincent of the Principality’s Fire Brigade, as well as Jean-Michel Matas, ACM General Commissioner Deputy in charge of the Marshals.

In figures, 675 volunteers will work this year. Among them, 125 have been trained in fire control. 51 will be dedicated to the Technical Commission.

Finally, let us note the presence of 49 women, including 13 new ones. Our Marshals will receive in a few days their equipment that they will wear during the 3 Spring events this year.

Marshals Training Camp
18 May 2022
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Marshals Training Camp

With almost a month to go before the start of the “circuit events”, the entire Corps of Marshals is mobilising this weekend for the traditional Training Camp. Between learning the right gestures for the newcomers and general revisions for the more experienced, the 650 volunteers present are preparing with rigour and professionalism for the three upcoming events (Monaco E-Prix – 30 April / Grand Prix de Monaco Historique – 13-15 May / Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco – 26-29 May).

Founded 50 years ago by the will of the President of the Automobile Club de Monaco, Me Michel Boéri, the Marshals Training Course, offers to all the teams about 10 workshops (First Aid / Pre-video / Intervention / Post-video / Rail + Cric workshop / Electrical Risks / “Gazelle” timed course / Flags and signaling circuit / Fire).

A warm and studious atmosphere reigned under the mild spring sunshine offered for the occasion by the Principality of Monaco. Familiarising oneself with the new procedures and reworking what has been learned were the watchwords of the weekend. Founded 50 years ago by the President of the Automobile Club de Monaco, Me Michel Boéri, the Marshals Training Camp offers all the teams a couple of several workshops (First Aid / Pre-video / Intervention / Post-video / Rail + Jack Workshop / Electrical Risks / “Gazelle” timed course / Flags and signaling circuit / Fire).

The objective is to test the reflexes, physical and reasoning skills of each candidate. Accustomed each year to the famous fire intervention and extraction of the driver, the Commissaires were able to rework the right gestures to gain in efficiency and control, with the precious and efficient advice of the Monaco Fire Brigade.

This spectacular workshop, which has been part of the course programme for the past 15 years, underlines the importance of working on fire control and driver evacuation procedures in a very short time. In May, our Commissaires will in particular be subjected to the control of fire resulting from methanol, a fuel present in the petrol of certain Historic Grand Prix cars and invisible to the naked eye. The use of specific extinguishers is therefore required.

What’s new in 2022?

The Marshals have been given theoretical and practical training on the electrical risks involved with single-seaters in Formula 1 and Formula E. In order to get as close as possible to the conditions they will be confronted with during the race, LED lights have been installed on one of the test cars. The aim here is to reproduce the colour system (green/red/blue) used on the single-seaters, which informs the intervention personnel about the danger or otherwise of the electrical risk in the event of a problem.

Another novelty this year: the installation of a new plate, with the aim of simulating as well as possible an extraction of the car on track by the flat bottom.

Finally, it should be noted that the entire course is now computerised by a team of developers from the Corps of Marshals, in order to have a complete overview of each workshop (accounting and assessment of the volunteers on each post).

Handling the flags

On Sunday, the last highlight of the weekend was the flag handling under the Chapiteau de Fontvieille. In this workshop, different race scenarios are studied in order to work specifically on the application of the rules of signalling on the track. rules on the track.

In figures

In 2022, the Automobile Club de Monaco’s Corps of Marshals will mobilise nearly 650 people on each of the three circuit events. Among them, there will be 72 new candidates, 52 technical stewards and nearly a hundred people in charge of the management.

See you on April 12 for the General Meeting organised at the Espace Léo Ferré, then on the weekend of April 23 & 24 for the handover of equipment, one week before the 5th Monaco E-Prix (April 30).

How to become Marshal?

All the conditions for applying are specified in the following document:

https://acm.mc/corps-des-commissaires-2/devenir-commissaire-de-lacm/

Registration for the 2023 track events will begin on Monday 05 September 2022.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat of the Corps of Marshals by phone at (+377) 93 15 26 16

The Circuit is being coated!
18 May 2022
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The Circuit is being coated!

Since February 25th, the Principality’s nights have been punctuated by the repair of the asphalt on the roads used by the Monaco Circuit.

In 2022, many sectors are concerned : Pitlane, Avenue d’Ostende, Boulevard Albert 1er, Avenue des Spélugues, Tunnel Louis II, Darse Nord / Route de la Piscine, Rascasse and Antony Noghès Corners.

In total, almost 2/3 of the circuit will be equipped with new asphalt. In figures, this represents more than 2754 tonnes of asphalt laid.

The objective is to give a new tarmac to the streets and the track, to offer a surface in line with international standards, with the particular challenge to use roads exposed to the Principality’s traffic all year round.

At least 2 nights are necessary per sector. Carried out by teams from the Direction de l’Urbanisme and SIVIA’M, the work is divided into 2 phases: planning of the upper part of the asphalt, and application of the new asphalt the following night.

This work is necessary in order to be in time for the Spring events (Monaco E-Prix, Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, F1 Grand Prix de Monaco). End of the work scheduled for March 16th.

Let’s have a look on the pictures of the asphalt repair work on the Monaco Circuit.

 

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Opening of the “Residents' Access” office
18 May 2022
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Opening of the “Residents’ Access” office

In the context of the 5th Monaco E-Prix (30 April 2022), 13th Monaco Historic Grand Prix (13 to 15 May 2022) and 79th Monaco Grand Prix (26 to 29 May 2022), the Automobile Club de Monaco would like to inform you of the Opening of the “Resident Access” Office, located in Square Gastaud, from Monday 7 March 2022.
The office will be open to residents, companies and VTCs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, for the issue of passes only.

Registrations must be made in advance on the dedicated website: https://riverains.acm.mc/

 

Contact : +377 97 77 95 70 – [email protected]

For specific “Boat Access” requests, documents will be issued directly at the SEPM (Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco), located at 30, Quai l’Hirondelle, from 25 April to 29 May, from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Contact : +377 97 77 30 14 – [email protected]

Opening of the “Residents' Access” office
18 May 2022
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Opening of the “Residents’ Access” office

In the context of the 5th Monaco E-Prix (30 April 2022), 13th Monaco Historic Grand Prix (13 to 15 May 2022) and 79th Monaco Grand Prix (26 to 29 May 2022), the Automobile Club de Monaco would like to inform you of the Opening of the “Resident Access” Office, located in Square Gastaud, from Monday 7 March 2022.

The office will be open to residents, companies and VTCs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, for the issue of passes only.

Registrations must be made in advance on the dedicated website: https://riverains.acm.mc/

 

 

Contact : +377 97 77 95 70 – [email protected] 

For specific “Boat Access” requests, documents will be issued directly at the SEPM (Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco), located at 30, Quai l’Hirondelle, from 25 April to 29 May, from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Contact :  +377 97 77 30 14 – [email protected]

Porsche Supercup: a win for the champion, a podium for the rookie
18 May 2022
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Porsche Supercup: a win for the champion, a podium for the rookie

Defending Porsche Supercup champion Larry ten Voorde left it to no other driver to open, in style, the 2021 edition of this very spectacular series, this morning in the streets of the Principality. Starting from pole position, the Dutchman won without knowing the slightest concern, ahead of New Zealander Jaxon Evans, a talented member of the Porsche Junior Team, and Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci, an ex-Formula 2 driver, who completed the podium of his very first Supercup race.

This race was interrupted a few seconds after the start by a red flag following a big pile-up between Sainte-Dévote and the Casino, which forced the marshals of the ACM to do, once again, a big job of evacuation of the most damaged car, then sweeping debris on the track, while adding special sawdust to the traces of oil. After a handful of minutes, the race started again and the logic of qualifying on Friday morning was respected, until the end, with the top 3 qualifyers on the podium and three French drivers in the Top 10: Boccolacci, Florian Latorre (5th) and Steven Palette (10th).

There will be 8 Supercup rounds again this year, still raising the curtain on F1, and still in Europe. The Porsche Supercup was created in 1993 and was then ruled by Jost Capito, who went on to rally, as Ford’s big boss in the WRC, and who is now the new Williams F1 Team Principal.

Formula Alpine: victory for Maloney, two Frenchmen on the podium
18 May 2022
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Formula Alpine: victory for Maloney, two Frenchmen on the podium

Zane Maloney, a native of Barbados, won Race 2 of the Regional Formula by Alpine at noon on Sunday, starting in pole position and leading from start to finish a race interrupted several times by red or yellow flags. The first major incident was a pile-up a few seconds after the start, at the beginning of Lap 1, when all 28 cars went up towards the Casino. The red flags came out and all drivers went back to the pits. Maloney, whose model in life is Lewis Hamilton, of Grenada’s origins, another island in the Caribbean, was the British F4 champion in 2019 and is the next British motor racing hopeful, just like Lando Norris and George Russell before him.

Maloney finished ahead of a couple of French drivers: Isack Hadjar, 16, a member of the FFSA Academy and winner of Race 1 on Saturday, who put pressure on him throughout the race and finished only half a second behind him, with best lap as a bonus; and Hadrien David, who perfectly managed his start on the second row of the grid and contained the assaults of Paul Aron until the Estonian, 2nd of the series before Monaco and closely followed by Mercedes, hit the barriers at Sainte-Dévote and had to retire.

 

F2, Race 2: Lawson disqualified, Ticktum declared winner !
18 May 2022
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F2, Race 2: Lawson disqualified, Ticktum declared winner !

Liam Lawson (Hitech GP) has been disqualified four hours after winning Race 2 on the Formula 2 schedule, early Saturday morning, and Briton Dan Ticktum (Carlin) has been declared the winner, ahead of Australian Oscar Piastri (Prema), Estonia’s Juri Vips (Hitech GP) and Frenchman Théo Pourchaire (ART GP) who will start from pole position at the end of the afternoon (5.15pm) for Race 3.

« A defined throttle pedal progressivity map programmed in position 1 of the steering wheel throttle map rotary knob must be used during all formation lap starts and race starts until the car speed reaches 50 km/h. Car 07 used a different throttle map at the race start » : this is the official explanation given by the Race Direction after examining all the data of Lawson’s car.

Ticktum is the most experienced of the F2 drivers, entered in his 4th F2 season. He never managed to pass Lawson but finished ahead of Piastri who then managed to resist the assaults of Vips until the end of the race. Pourchaire had not even tried to resist Vips, preferring instead to continue accumulating experience in preparation for the Main Race, late Saturday afternoon.

 

China’s Guanyu Zhou (Uni-Virtuosi), the leader of the championship when arriving in Monaco, made history by winning Race 1 on Friday. He therefore started 10th (inverted grid) equipped with rain tyres, just like all of his comrades, because the track was wet. He then made a daring bet by switching on super-soft tires shortly before half-race, on a track which was gradually drying out. But a failed bet, so he returned to the pit to put on some wet tires again and then wisely decided to give up, with no hope of taking any points.

Race 3 is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, at 5:15 pm, for 40 laps. A Frenchman will start on pole position, Théo Pourchaire, and he will do everything he can to succeed the late Anthoine Hubert on the winners list.

 

Formula Regional by Alpine: Hadjar untouchable from lights to flag !
18 May 2022
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Formula Regional by Alpine: Hadjar untouchable from lights to flag !

Young Frenchman Isack Hadjar, aged 16 only, won Race 1 of the Formula Regional by Alpine on Saturday, starting from pole position and leading from start to finish in front of his teammate at R-Ace Racing, Zane Maloney, from Barbados, who finished seven seconds back despite a last safety car having nullified the efforts of Hadjar to take cover.

It was a total demonstration for the young Parisian who went through karting then followed the courses of the famous Winfield driving school (winner of the Winfield Trophy 2019) and finished 3rd last year in the French Formula 4 Championship. He never doubted, he made no mistake, so he deservedly stepped on the podium of the princely lodge to be presented with a superb trophy from the hands of Michel Ferry, the vice-president in charge of Sport for Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM).

Behind Hadjar and Maloney, who aspires to succeed one day Lewis Hamilton, from the Grenada island next to Barbados, a nice duel pitted Estonian Paul Aron, currently 2nd in the championship and closely followed by Mercedes, against another Frenchman supported by Alpine, Hadrien David, who had set the best time in free practice Thursday morning.

David tried everything but Aron didn’t give up and deserved his podium. Young Spaniard Mari Boya started 9th and finished 9th scoring a couple of points, ahead of 18 boys. She will be 5th on the grid on Sunday morning for Race 2 and aiming at a podium which would be historic in the Principality. Last but not least, the leader of the championship before Monaco, Switzerland’s Grégoire Saucy, had an anonymous race. He was stuck in 10th place when he went straight at Sainte-Dévote, which ended his hopes of scoring a consolation point behind Mari Boya. He will have a second opportunity to shine on Sunday morning.

Free practice 3: Verstappen faster than Ferrari, big shunt for Schumi Junior
18 May 2022