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No More Grid Girls In Formula One – Respecting Women Or Taking Away Their Jobs? Opinion Is Divided

New season, new rules. Yes, when the 2018 Formula One season starts in March, we shall see one sight missing. Remember the grid girls who stand in front of the cars holding placards? Well, they are done and dusted.

No, it’s no joke, Formula One has officially scrapped them from this year. Why? Well it believes that using them is neither appropriate nor relevant to the sport itself. In fact, for many, they are just eye candy and apparently having them is objectifying women.

The new F1 season starts in March


F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches feels it is just one of several areas they need to develop.

“Over the last 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,” he said while speaking to Sky Sports.

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 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,” he added.

The new F1 season starts in March


“We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world.”

Grid girls are a long standing tradition in Formula One. They hold the marker boards for each driver during grid slots. Also they have roles to play during pre-race parades and post-race podiums.

UK’s Women’s Sport Trust has welcomed the decision as a positive step:

But what about the girls themselves and people in general. Some feel it is a bold step towards feminism. Others find it silly and also point out how many have lost jobs as a result. But the issue itself has attracted attention on the internet:

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It is certainly a new direction taken by Formula One. With less than two months to go for the new season, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact the move has on the sport.

News credit : Indiatimes

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