Ecclestone laments 'prudish' end of Formula One grid girls

06 February, 2018, 14:33 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Formula 1 to stop using grid girls

No grid girls, no cheerleaders, female singers being told what to wear on stage, no models in magazines?!

The grid kid concept proved a hit at the Season 3 finale in Montreal, prompting Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag to say they would remain for all future races.

A number of grid girls have gone on to become household names through their successful modelling careers. Formula One is a sort of modern-day version of the medieval tourney, a celebration of masculine bravery and strength by its latter-day knights - the son of the head of the Habsburg family is, funnily enough, a racing driver - and just as the tourneys of the later middle ages had a glamorous, sexual atmosphere, with attractive women presenting prizes to the most gallant champions, so modern motor racing has had a similar feel.

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"Over the previous year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport", said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1.

The new Formula One season begins on 25 March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The sport's American owners Liberty Media announced their decision to ban employing grid girls this week, branding their use "at odds with modern day societal norms". "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world".

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"I wouldn't mind seeing grid boys next to grid girls".

She said: "You dress glamorously and obviously it's about being presentable but I never felt I was taken advantage of". What's annoying me more than anything is the so called feminists, they are not even really feminists, are defending us without even asking us how we feel, and we've lost out jobs because of this.

Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, has slammed the "prudish" decision to dispense with grid girls in the lead-up to races. A lot of the industry seems to be making decisions based on what they think grid girls feel, but if you ask any grid girl, not one of us think it's sexist, exploitative or demeaning. "I don't remember any of the girls being forced to do anything". "Instead of banning women who are a part of motorsport, we need to make tweaks and encourage more women to get involved in other aspects of racing too". This is not doing any favours to F1 and especially not for women. How will it affect series like WSBK and MotoGP?

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