Formula 1 has announced that it will no longer use grid girls as the practice of having scantily clad women standing in front of cars before Grand Prix ‘does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms’.
A statement issued by Formula 1 yesterday read:
Formula 1 will end the long-standing practice of using walk-on grid girls, commencing with the start of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. These changes also apply to our other motorsports series that take place during the Grands Prix weekends.
Formula 1 considers the time spent by teams and drivers on the grid before a race as one of celebration, where guests and various performers can add to the glamour and spectacle of the Grand Prix, enabling promoters and partners to showcase their countries and products.
The decision comes just days after the Professional Darts Corporation announced it will no longer use walk-on girls to accompany players on their way to the stage, although this has since been revealed as a ruling made by television broadcasters.
I’m pretty far from being a leftie liberal or a supporter of Feminazi’s, however, when I go to a powerboat race, I would rather see a woman in racing overalls or helping to organise than merely there as an ornament.
Unlike football or tennis, powerboat racing isn’t a single sex competition and Marit Strømøy’s (above) Sharjah F1H2o win in 2015 proved that a lady could finish on top of the podium in a top formula motorsport event.
Perhaps the likes of Marit and other lady racers will act as role models for younger girls and give them a different direction to aim for, putting on their Sparco overalls rather than taking off their kit.
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