Formula E 2021 – FIA Girls On Track
Posted by: Elise_Lewis - Posted: September 6, 2021
This July I was selected to attend the 2021 London E-Prix with the FIA girls on track initiative, it was an amazing day and I thought I would share a bit about the experience.
A bit of background, the FIA girls on track programme aims at giving girls aged 8-18 the opportunity to discover motorsport.
The day started with a brief talk before we were put into groups to go around the venue and take part in different activities. The first place we saw was the media centre, we met with the event coordinator and some members of the broadcast crew who showed us inside one of the control rooms and taught us about how broadcasting companies work within motorsport.
Next was a visit to the medical car and race control. The team from the medical extrication car showed us the equipment they carry aswell as telling us how they got to their current jobs and what it takes to respond to high speed crashes. One of the highlights of the day was seeing inside race control, although there was no track action at the time we were very lucky to meet with a member of the stewarding team who told us about the decisions they make during a race and the importance of impartiality when giving penalties and decisions. The rules and regulations of motorsport is very interesting and it was great to hear about it the volunteering opportunities both in race stewarding and track marshalling.
We then got to walk through the paddock where we met some of the drivers, engineers and team bosses, we then went into the pit lane to see the cars and garages up close as they prepared for free practice. My group was then given a tour of the Nissan E-Dams garage by their garage host Martin Smith who answered all of our question and even let us have a look into the briefing room where the drivers and engineers were preparing for the practice session ahead, it was inspiring to see the dedication that the teams put into the race weekend and amazing to see the car up close.
The day finished with sitting in the grandstands inside the Excel centre to watch the practice session, it was my first time seeing formula E in person and my first in person girls on track event but I would highly recommend it to anyone, it was a completely unique experience and i hope to go back next year as a volunteer.