Formula One Racing Bans Grid Girls
Formula One is to stop the long-standing practice of using walk-on grid girls before the start of races from the coming season.
"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," Sean Bratches, F1 managing director, said in a statement Wednesday.
"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."
"We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world."
However, many have taken to social media claiming the ban is hypocritical and depriving women of work.
Get me on @thismorning so I can defend us #gridgirls— Lauren-Jade (@laurenjadepope) January 31, 2018
Because of these feminists, they’ve have cost us our jobs! I have been a grid girl for 8 years and I have Never felt uncomfortable! I love my job, if I didn’t I wouldn’t do it! Noone forces us to do this! This is our choice! pic.twitter.com/PUWcyB5BeG
So the inevitable has happened, F1 gridgirls have been banned. Ridiculous that women who say they are "fighting for women's rights" are saying what others should and shouldn't do, stopping us from doing a job we love and are proud to do. PC gone mad 😡 #Gridgirls— Rebecca Cooper (@rebeccageldard) January 31, 2018
Grid girls will also stop appearing at other motorsport series which takes place during the F1 weekend.
The new F1 season starts with Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25.