Heroes who make a difference

These are the stories of the heroes who make a difference

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A whole community works tirelessly to make the event nicknamed the crown jewel of the Formula 1 as special as it is. 650 voluntary marshals, 210 first-aid workers and 610 controllers guard the safety of drivers and spectators alike, ready at any moment to apply their expert training as some of the most rigorous and qualified support personnel in motorsport. To celebrate our long-running partnership with the Monaco Grand Prix, and its governing body the Automobile Club de Monaco, we're focusing on these hidden heroes who share our love for the passion and excitement of motorsport.

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As the first female Chief Track Marshal in the history of the Monaco Grand Prix, Sophie is an inspiring figure in the fast-paced world of Formula 1.

Having started as a flag marshal in 2007 and later serving as a Fire Commissioner for seven years, she has accumulated a wealth of experience that has made her an integral part of the GP.

Now she serves as Head Flag Marshal, coordinating all of her team members during the race from Race HQ, ensuring that drivers are alerted quickly in case of any hazards.

Having worked for over 30 years in a variety of capacities at the Monaco Grand Prix, Christian is one of the most knowledgeable and important figures at the GP. In his first capacity, he's serving as the Head of the Marshals, coordinating activities from Race HQ.

During the lead-up to the GP he is also the Head of Logistics, charged with handling the task of constructing the stands, and preparing the Principality for the most iconic race in the Formula 1 calendar.

These roles come under his remit as the General Commissioner for the Automobile Club de Monaco, the organization charged with the overall management of the event.

Jennifer is one of the younger marshals at the Monaco Grand Prix, volunteering this year for the first time at the age of 29. She is situated at the pit lane, where her role is to help regulate the flow of traffic by coordinating with the teams and their mechanics. From her post, Jennifer ensures that the area is clear of any potential hazards as the cars come in and out of their garages and must have a close eye on pedestrians to ensure their safety.

Away from the race track, she usually works as a sales representative in Nice, but her ambition and passion for motorsports make her one of the most dedicated volunteers during the GP.

Frédéric is the leading flag marshal on the track, positioned at the iconic Sainte-Dévote corner. As the manager of this area, he works hard to ensure the well-being of all those under his command communicating directly with the drivers in case of a potential hazard.

As the head of his own law firm, Frédéric values team work highly. He approaches his responsibilities on the race track in the same diligent manner by knowing the roles and duties of each and every individual and supporting them in their tasks.

Originally from the United States, Kate moved to Monaco with her family when she was still a child. Now, she holds an unofficial, yet important role at the Monaco Grand Prix, where she is often at the heart of legendary tales of parties after the GP has finished.

She is the co-owner of the famous bars Stars 'N' Bars in Abu Dhabi and Monte Carlo, where pictures of past champions adorn the walls, serving tourists, celebrities and race drivers alike.