The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix has once again proven to be one of the most celebrated motorsport events in the country.
Each year the FIA acknowledge a small number of the best volunteer officials from across the globe, with the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix team this year being recognised as the Best Team for their efforts in what was a very unique event.
A team of 953 Motorsport Australia officials volunteered at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 and undertook a variety of roles including flag marshals, track response, race control, boundary riders and many more.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation General Manager for Motorsport, Entertainment and Industry, Craig Fletcher, says the volunteers are the backbone of Melbourne’s Formula 1® event and this award highlights the extraordinary effort of the events volunteer team.
“Our incredibly talented volunteers play a vital role in helping us to deliver a world-class Formula 1® event year after year.”
“The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix volunteers are recognised as world leaders in the sport and this award is a wonderful and appropriate acknowledgement of their talents, resilience and tireless dedication,” Mr Fletcher said.
Incoming Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser congratulated the team on their deserving accolade.
“The efforts of the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2020 Officials Team was a true show of commitment and dedication in what was a really challenging and unique situation for so many people,” Fraser said.
“It would have been very easy for this group to have simply not turned up for duty in what was a rapidly changing environment, but to their credit the officials turned up in numbers and were ready to go had the track action been able to get underway.
“Of course, we are eternally grateful to all 11,000 officials who make the sport so great and I think I can speak on behalf of all competitors and event organisers in saying how proud and thankful the motorsport community is for their ongoing efforts.”
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca was also delighted to see the sport’s hard-working officials acknowledged once again.
“Having been in the muster tent with the officials team on the Friday, it was truly inspiring to see the positive attitude of the officials who were ready to go despite the uncertainty,” Arocca said.
“Even when the cancellation was announced, all the officials returned to the muster tent with a positive attitude and were very understanding of why the decision had been made and were prepared to assist however they could.
“Our officials continually inspire us and we know that without them, motorsport, including the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, would simply not be able to go ahead year-in, year-out.”