Formula 1 to stop using grid girls

Formula 1 to stop using grid girls

Niki Lauda on F1 grid girl ban: How dumb can someone be?

The worldwide spectacle is heavy with celebration, fast cars and the men and women behind it.

At the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was less than impressed with the decision to employ "grid boys" instead of women.

Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone also saw no sense in the sudden move.

This is the second round of changes Liberty Media have introduced, after announcing the elimination of grid girls with immediate effect.

He said: "This is a decision against women".

"I think it's a great pity to break a tradition such as this, which does formula one but above all women no favours at all".

"I feel the majority of girls in this industry would agree there is not a problem, the only problem is now with these recent decisions", she added.

And in Ecclestone's Formula 1, grid girls would have undoubtedly been around in 2018.

Actor and model Kate Elizabeth Hallam (34) was a grid girl for McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard at the 2004 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

It's not right for anyone, let alone "feminists" to judge our job when quite frankly they are putting so many women out of work.

"But one does not exclude the other". Grid girls, umbrella girls, paddock girls, whatever you want to call them, the practice consists of young, attractive, scantily clad women standing next to a racer on the grid, shielding said racer from the sun via an umbrella (hence the name).

"If you continue on this path, there will be no cheerleaders left in America".

Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at Formula One, said: "While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms. I can't see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula 1 vehicle can be offensive to anybody" (DAILY MAIL, 2/1).

Lucy Stokes, a model from England, meanwhile has taken to Twitter mentioning that it is absolutely unjust for others to judge the job they do.

"I know the grid girls are there to look pretty when they're out on the grid but my role was interacting with the crowd and we were there as an advertisement for the sponsors".

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