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Former 'Grid Girl' talks about time on the track

F1 'bans' grid girls while MotoGP looks Niki Lauda on F1 grid girl ban: How dumb can someone be?
Andrew Cummings | 06 February, 2018, 14:29

"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".

But in a sport like auto racing where women have the opportunity to compete with men, the tradition of grid girls is more awkward than, say, cheerleaders at an National Basketball Association or NFL game. "I can't see", the F1 billionaire said, "how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One vehicle can be offensive to anybody."And perhaps there might even be a rethink, now he's made clear - at least, to anyone unversed in the sport - how critical they were to its operation".

However, he said the matter was for the grid girls and F1 to decide and not a matter to legislate on.

The 87-year-old eccentric (to put it mildly) former boss of Formula 1 is, unsurprisingly, not a fan of Thursday's announcement of the models' removal.

Lauda slammed the notion that the existence of grid girls makes it harder for women to succeed in other areas of motor racing.

This decision has caused several people to praise Formula One, but it is caused even more people to lash out at the sport as a result of the controversy surrounding it since these girls had been used to promote the Formula One and their sponsors for so long. We are making it an issue now and it should not be one. "Formula E stopped using grid girls a year ago already, but we just didn't feel the need to shout about it", a spokesperson from Formula E said.

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"I have often wondered why MotoGP, just like so many other Motorcycle and other motorsports, need to employ scantily-clad young women in their promotions and events". I hope that women will be encouraged to participate in Motorsport in all ways that suit their own individual choices.

"This is a decision against women".

Lauda said, "I think it's a great pity to break a tradition such as this, which does Formula 1 - but above all, women - no favors at all".

"Men have made the decision over the heads of women". Then they came for the walk-on girls, and the Formula One fans did not speak out, because they find darts a bit on the slow side.

Women's groups, however, backed the F1 decision. "You should be allowed to have grid girls because the drivers like them, the audience like them and no one cares".

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