Formula One: Only 'desi' marshals at Indian Grand Prix

The Indian Grand Prix organisers could only choose 650 out of the 7,000 applicants who wanted to be part of the Indian Grand Prix as marshals this year. In 2012 there were 4,800 applicants and the year before 2,000.

updated: September 15, 2013 15:22 IST
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Greater Noida: There seems to be a booming interest in marshalling at the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix despite a cloud over its future. The risky nature of the job is no deterrent for the 650 odd daredevils who will man the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) during the Oct 25-27 event, importantly all-Indians for the first time.

It has taken three races for the Indian marshals to get well versed with the ways of F1 and this time they will be performing the chores without overseas assistance.

There were 850 marshals at the BIC for the inaugural 2011 edition, 250 of them from Bahrain. The overall number has already been reduced by 200 as the 16th round of the season approaches. The last edition had 750, the Gulf nation sending only 100.

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