F1 opens volunteer center in Baku

3 February 2016 14:25 (UTC+04:00)

Baku City Circuit has inaugurated its Volunteer Center, where participants in the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE Volunteer Programme will go through the registration and training process in preparation for the main event in June 2016.

Baku City Circuit is looking for energetic and reliable people to create a friendly atmosphere during the race weekend of June 17-19, 2016.

Volunteers are invited to play their part in history by participating in a key role in the delivery of the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, the 8th round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The Volunteer Programme has been running since its official launch during the Six-Months-To-Go celebrations that took place on December 19, 2015. Applications are now being accepted online at https://www.bakucitycircuit.com/volunteers

"Being a volunteer at the first ever Formula One race in Azerbaijan is a wonderful chance for anyone wishing to become a part of this thrilling global motorsport event taking place in our capital city," Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports, commented on the announcement

"We have one of Europe’s youngest populations and becoming a volunteer will be a tremendously exciting opportunity for our young people to contribute to our country’s sporting history."

A survey conducted nationwide among 1,001 respondents via face-to-face interviews by SIAR Research and Consulting Group in 2015, found that over 70 percent of Azerbaijan’s population believe that volunteers play an important role in the delivery of this major sporting event that will play a strong role in positioning the country on the world stage.

Furthermore, in a positive sign for the fledgling race, half of Baku’s residents - of whom the majority are under 34 - indicated that they are keen to be a volunteer at the 2016 Grand Prix of Europe.

BCC is recruiting 5,000 volunteers to play a part in the inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan this summer. The Volunteer Center will conduct hundreds of interviews on a daily basis to find the right candidates. Currently more than 7,000 hopefuls have already applied online for selection.

Volunteers can expect to be given key roles during the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, including welcoming guests and dignitaries, providing assistance to spectators and the media, etc.

Baku City Circuit stands for the name of official promoter of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe in Azerbaijan, as well as the title of the host venue of the race.

With a length measuring at slightly over six kilometers, the 20-corner track will be lapped 51 times, with cars reaching potential speeds of up to 340km per hour, marking the circuit out as the fastest street circuit on the existing F1 calendar.

The circuit offers a number of challenges for drivers, including an extremely narrow uphill section along the old town walls that will require pinpoint accuracy, and it has an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometers along the seaside promenade, which will see the cars running flat out at very high speed - something that will create an incredible show for race fans.

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