The orange club: An F1 marshal's diary

Of course, most crucial is the need to run an error-free race. During a race, there is no margin for error, with the cars hurtling in your direction at three-digit speeds, and the world watching your every move on the track.

A lot is at stake, for the drivers, and the teams. Not to mention the pride of a nation – the Indian GP has been named the best organised GP event for the last two years in a row – and you really don’t want to be the one who kills the hat-trick.

To my surprise, I have cleared all the tests required to be a marshal for the 2013 Indian GP. Now can't wait for the race weekend to start!

(Words: Devesh Shobha, Pics: Nitin Rose, AFP)