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 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:
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