THE roaring of engines and the zooming of cars will soon be upon us as the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix takes place from today until Sunday at Sepang International Circuit.
This is the 16th time Malaysia is hosting the race.
A total of 58 grid girls have been chosen out of 230 models, and they will walk alongside some of the biggest names in F1 racing.
One of the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix grid girls is Noraslinda Ali.
This is the second year she is joining the crew as a grid girl.
“My first experience as a grid girl last year was very memorable as I got to hold the umbrella for drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton,” said the 31-year-old mother of two daughters, who likes to be known as Linda.
She added that major challenges for grid girls were the hot weather and the risk of dehydration.
Some grid girls have collapsed while on the job in previous years.
“Last year, I was also tasked with holding a large Malaysian flag.
“It was quite heavy and the wind was pretty strong, so I was afraid that I might drop it,” said Linda.
Besides having the opportunity to watch the Formula 1 racers and their teams in action, Linda is excited about walking on the grid in Malaysia’s unique batik outfit.
The part-time model said that family was her priority.
“It is very important that I maintain a balance between work life, family and friends,” said Linda.
What is the one thing that annoys you?
Whenever I meet people who do not smile or show any gratitude for things that others do.
What are the three characteristics that represent your personality?
Friendly, always smiling, and cooperative.
What is the first thing you would do if you were rich?
I would put my immediate family first and use some of it to pay for the things we need. I will then use the rest to help people in need.