Formula One: Niki Lauda lashes out at 'Grid Girls' removal

Formula 1 to stop using grid girls

Women Sport Australia president Carol Fox welcomed the banning of grid girls.

To his point, several grid girls have taken to Twitter and the media in the past days to express their disappointment about losing their jobs. Since then grid girls have become a regular fixture in high-level motorsport competition.

There's understandably been some public frustration among women who make money contracting as models for auto races.

The sport's American owners Liberty Media announced their decision to ban employing grid girls this week, branding their use "at odds with modern day societal norms". 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".

The new F1 season begins on March 25 with the 2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

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. "[These women] would possibly wear knitted cardigans and can not really achieve a glamorous look, they are also quite possibly fed up of their husbands' eyes averting to such women so instead decide to put a lot of young ladies out of a job that they love".

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Also most girls do this work as extra money when again like myself already had a very good full time job and or at uni studying.

"We're glad to welcome F1 to the 21st century", it said. 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.

Among those who have lashed out at Formula One are Bernie Ecclestone, the 87-year-old chairman emeritus of the Formula One group who was replaced as the group's chief executive in January of 2017, and several "Grid Girls" themselves.

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".

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.

"You should be allowed to have grid girls because the drivers like them, the audience likes them and no one cares". How will it affect series like WSBK and MotoGP?

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