The work of these people during the Grand Prix of Formula 1 often remains in the shadows, but without them there can be no racing the weekend. However, their bright orange jumpsuits it is impossible not to notice. This is a paradox. This, of course, about the marshals and specialists in various services that provide sports safety stage F1. At the upcoming VTB FORMULA 1 GRAND Prix of RUSSIA 2017 they will be nearly a thousand people.
Training sports referees, their circuits are called marshals, for the domestic stage of Royal races is a Russian automobile Federation (RAF), which is a sport organizer of the Grand Prix of Russia. They provide sports safety competition. At the upcoming F1 stage in Sochi will employ 500 marshals and as many more specialists in various services.
Judges use a specially equipped flag and track positions [at Sochi Autodrom a total of 89 – 42 47 flag and track], and also in the pit lane and technical Commission. In the event of an accident or departure track marshals should promptly provide the evacuation of the machine and the rider to a safe place. A special responsibility lies on the judges to flag posts using a particular flag, they inform the pilots about various situations on the track. Some flags appear by the decision of the marshals, but there are those that can be posted only after instructions from the control Point of the race (Race Control).
The judges on duty in a seven flags: two yellow, green, blue, red, white and striped red-yellow. With the exception of the last, all seem strokes, and striped – just in a static position.
The yellow flag is used most often. He indicates that in the area of the post was some sort of incident, so all drivers here need to slow down. The marshals have even taken to during the races, this flag was always one of them in his hands. Thus not lost a single second if you need as quickly as possible to signal about the incident that occurred on the track. Overtaking on the wrong side of the road where there are yellow flags, banned, and pilots are required to exercise the utmost vigilance – especially if the marshals to Wake up waving two yellow flags. It means increased danger ahead. The post after the scene judge the show racers the green flag, which indicates the end of the danger zone, so it is possible again to go into combat mode.
As for the blue flag during the race, it demonstrates that the pilot behind the leaders on the circle – at the sight of this signal the driver is forced to miss more faster than the opponent, not giving him difficulties. According to the rules of this lagging pilot has three turns. If he continues to block leader, then the race direction may issue a punishment, for example, in the form of the penalty travel on the pit lane.
At the beginning of each judicial post, a white flag (it indicates a slow moving car on the highway), striped red-yellow (a warning of bad clutch with racing tracks – for example, due to oil, rain or even small fragments) and red (shown in the case of stopping the race and only at the direction of Race Control). Also on the slopes of Formula 1 during the Grand Prix set 20 special electronic panels that duplicate the flags used on specific areas of the course.
The most famous flag in the race, which is the symbol of success, of course, plaid. It is used only at the finishing post at the end of each session. To see the go-ahead checkered flag in the race before its opponents is the goal for each pilot.
But beyond the checkered flag on the post on the starting line there are a few special flags. They are informational and are displayed strictly according to the instruction from race control with the use of a specific room of the vehicle: black flag – rider disqualified diagonal black-and-white – warning about breaking the rules, black with orange circle – a message about the condition of the car.
If the flag marshals can be called the “eyes” of the head of the race, the track is “hands”. They are engaged in the cleanup of the racing surface from the debris and the evacuation of damaged vehicles. Any access to the track is possible only by direct order from the control point of the race.
From 2016, the year of the Russian Grand Prix was introduced for the new national Motorsport the position of Marshal of the sector. This is the most experienced referees that primarily coordinate the actions of all marshals and special services to correct the consequences of any major accident. Sochi Autodrom is divided into five sectors, each of which has its Grand Marshal.
All personnel working at the Grand Prix of Formula 1, can be called a huge mechanism with many parts, and each part has an important function. Fire service employs more than 150 people.
Three teams extraction are always ready to help the pilot out of the cockpit if he can’t do it independently – as, for example, occurred during the accident of Carlos Sainz at the Grand Prix of Russia in 2015. In addition on the track are dispersed Hiking, health posts and rapid medical response, rescue teams and repair of the track, the tow trucks and forklifts. In total, the work on the fourth in the history of the Grand Prix of Russia will be involved over a thousand people.
The work of a judge at the stage of the Formula 1 is the dream of many people, passionate about motor sport. But a desire is not enough. All applicants are required to undergo special training and certification during the training seminars.
Not to mention a wide geography. This year among the hundreds of marshals will include representatives of Kaliningrad and Vladivostok, Moscow and St.-Petersburg, Smolensk and Yekaterinburg, Grozny and Petrozavodsk, Kazan and Novorossiysk, Krasnodar and Tyumen, Omsk and Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as well as many other cities of Russia.
We can say that the marshals are as integral participants of the Grand Prix, as riders and teams. And given the kind of training all these people, there is no doubt that the sports organization of the Russian stage of the Formula 1 will be provided at the highest level.
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