Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

First grid girls, now F1 drops classic start times

First grid girls, now F1 drops classic start times

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 handsome women presenting prizes to the most gallant champions, so modern motor racing has had a similar feel.

Someone indeed, and Lauda thought he may have the answer in order to reverse the decision: "I would not mind seeing grid boys next to the grid girls".

Regarding part of the decision being that it made it harder for women to progress elsewhere within the sport, the Austrian blasted: "How dumb can someone be?"

Former Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff told BBC Sport the deployment of grid girls did not offend her, and that F1 had more pertinent issues regarding the involvement of women in the sport.

Following the Professional Darts Association's recent controversial decision to end "walk-on girls" at its Darts World Championships, Liberty Media - Formula 1's new owners - have followed suit and announced that their traditional "gird girls" who are synonymous with the sport will no longer be parading the tarmac in motorsports premier championship.

Vicky Valdazo, boss of a Spanish modeling agency that has supplied grid girls to promoters in the past, told Marca newspaper: "It's stupid".


"Grid girls have always belonged in F1, and they should continue to belong in F1. "Feminists", you are not defending women". Women are stepping up (into senior team roles), and they are doing it very well - it is moving in the right direction.

Former grid girl Caroline Hall said she was saddened by F1's "extreme measures".

"But one does not exclude the other".

She added: "It's amusing the women/feminists that are applauding the PDC dart girl ban, I've seen more offensive remarks made towards us (models) on here by them, than i've experienced from any guy attending these sporting events".

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

Do you think Formula One's decision to remove the "Grid Girls" after several decades of having them in the sport was the right one, or do you agree with Bernie Ecclestone and Niki Lauda that the decision is not correct?

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