In Their Own Words - Women Speak on the Grid Girl Ban

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

Let's get school girls around an F1 show vehicle and allow them to dream.

Nevertheless, some of grid girls were unhappy about their imminent unemployment, with Lucy Stokes telling her Twitter followers: "I love my job. Formula E has stopped using Grid Girls a year ago already and we just didn't feel the need to shout about it".

"WSA encourages other sports to follow suit and to scrap ring girls, walk-on girls and podium girls and to provide women with equal opportunity, equal pay and conditions to participate in and play their sport, not pose for their sport", she said. In fact, it's hard, as a woman, to know whether to burst with pride over this hitherto unsung contribution or to ask why the grid - whatever that is - should be so excessively small, or hard to spot, that drivers are unable to get on and off it without the orientation offered by young women in tight clothing.

"I hope there is a way to reverse the decision".




"While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula One 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". In a statement he said the company: "Doesn't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world".

This week, Formula One chose to do away with its tradition of grid girls in the wake of the global #MeToo movement and numerous high-profile cases of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and in governments around the world. 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. "We all shout about the vote and the ladies who fought for it and I want us all to remember that" she declared, while also noting that her grid girl experience gained her other modelling assignments. The practice of using grid girls does seem a little outdated, but I certainly don't think banning them is the answer.

Darts took a similar decision last month, banning the women who walk on with the players before matches.

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. Formula E instead focused on using young and aspiring drivers to perform the role as "Grid Kids" (REUTERS, 2/1).

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