Kenyan Picked for One-of-a-Kind Role at Formula 1

Boinah Kiiru
A photo of Chris Kirwa (left), Boinah Kiiru (centre) and Mbalu Makau (right) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on September 27, 2022.

Boinah Kiiru will be among the marshals at the Singapore Grand Prix that will take place from September 30 to October 2. 

The Kenyan was flanked by marketing guru Chris Kirwa and Mbalu Makau at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on September 27, as she took off to Singapore. 

She will be officiating the race at turn 1. Some of the roles of an F1 marshal include moving damaged cars off the race track.

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"Each year, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix sees over 1,100 volunteer race officials deployed throughout the 5.063km street circuit.

"Race Officials undergo theory and practical training and are deployed to ensure the smooth execution of race operations in a fair and safe manner.

"There are more than 150 different roles and responsibilities including observers, track marshals, flag marshals and fire marshals. Depending on the area of responsibility, each marshal can expect to clock a minimum of 32 hours of training," a statement by F1 read.

During an F1 race, the marshals undertake different roles. The roles are categorised into four groups Trackside marshals, Flag marshals, Pit marshals, startline marshals, paddock marshals and administrative marshals. 

Boinah will be taking up the role of a Tackside marshal. Her responsibility is to help ensure that the race track is clear of any potentially hazardous objects.  

This involves recovering damaged or broken-down cars and moving them to a place of safety and also include clearing debris, gravel or oil from the circuit.

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