Former F1 model calls decision to ban grid girls

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"Grid girls have always belonged in F1, and they should continue to belong in F1", Lauda added.

My dinosaur brain obviously categorises things into "harmless traditions" and "dangerous threats to western civilisation", and grid girls are definitely in the former.

"I felt very, very proud when I got the opportunity to hold the Mexican flag and walk down the grid and it happened that the President of Mexico was there", Tuema 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.

"Over the past 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.

Formula One this week made a decision to ban its decades-long tradition of grid girls, saying that it was no longer appropriate in the wake of the global #MeToo movement and stories of sexual abuse coming out of Hollywood. The statement went on to say: "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world". "They could have looked at making it more equal between the sexes in the role".

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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.

Model Kelly Brook, a former Formula One grid girl, described the role as "one of the best jobs I've ever had". The practice of using grid girls does seem a little outdated, but I certainly don't think banning them is the answer. "It's quite transparently sexist and, much like any sport or entertainment that utilizes female nudity to enhance its appeal, leads me to wonder if it isn't insecure about its own inherent appeal or value".

"I didn't feel like it was objectifying women necessarily". "But once again it is men who have decided over the heads of women".

"We're using a new concept and focusing on grid kids, and where possible we involve young and aspiring drivers that race in junior go-kart championships".

As with any potentially controversial issue, such as dealing with gender issues, there's a broad range of opinions about this grid girl situation.