Formula 1 ‘grid girls’ banned

Formula One’s ‘grid girls’ have been banned from the 2018 season.

These sexy young women — who have traditionally been a fixture of the racing scene — didn’t perform any ostensible function that actually has any impact on the sport, but simply stood trackside, presented the odd trophy and gave male punters something pretty to look at while the cars were at the other end of the track.

F1 Champion James Hunt with the Race Queen at the first United States Grand Prix in 1976

A woman in a bikini made from small wheels stands facing one camera as a posse of photographers behind her snap away

Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen are flanked by two Jordan girls at the GP Von San Marino 2000

Pit girls smile walk through the paddock ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 15, 2007 in Melbourne, AustraliaPit girls smile walk through the paddock ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 15, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia

Two pit girls during the World Superbike Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in England in August 1996

Britain’s world champion driver Graham Hill — taking a naughty glance at one of his companion’s chests — is flanked by two grid girlsBritain’s world champion driver Graham Hill — taking a naughty glance at one of his companion’s chests — is flanked by two grid girls

According to Formula One spokesman Sean Bratches, the practice of employing grid girls has gone out of fashion and is ‘at odds’ with modern-day values.

No doubt other male-dominated sports where pretty young women in tight dresses and bathing suits are a regular fixture — snooker, boxing, wrestling and so on — will feel duty-bound to follow suit.

Of course, there are many who claim this as a major victory in the fight against sexism and inequality. A new feminist dawn in which young women are no longer forced to debase themselves and their bodies simply for the entertainment of men.

Playboy: 1976 Formula One World champion James Hunt is pictured with model Sue Shaw

Ladies man: James Hunt enjoys the company of a group of women following the end of a raceJames Hunt enjoys the company of a group of women following the end of a race
James Hunt is pictured with a local woman in the pits before the 1977 Argentina Grand Prix in Buenos AiresJames Hunt is pictured with a local woman in the pits before the 1977 Argentina Grand Prix in Buenos Aires

 

Except, of course, they do. They have a lot to lose, starting with a steady income, financial independence and the prospect of nabbing a career in showbusiness or, failing that, a rich boyfriend. In other words, options. A future. Something that many of these young women simply wouldn’t have otherwise.

Scores of perfectly happy women, who are employed to do something they appear to (for the most part) enjoy and which brings great pleasure to many, will now find themselves out of a job. What are they supposed to do?

And yet all this is celebrated as some great triumph — mostly by middle-class female journalists and commentators — who have no concept and probably no interest in what these girls think, just as long as they get to stop men doing what men are naturally programmed to do: enjoy looking at attractive young women.

A pit girl at the GP Von Ungarn in Budapest back in 2001

The irony, of course, is that those very same pressure groups demanding an end to glamour-girl culture are the very same who are forever blethering on about how it’s a woman body and she should be able to do what she wants with it.

BRM driver Helmuth Marko with pit girls before the 1972 Belgian Grand Prix at NivellesBRM driver Helmuth Marko with pit girls before the 1972 Belgian Grand Prix at Nivelles
Ferrari driver, Michael Schumacher of Germany with the Formula One girls before the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia in 1998Ferrari driver, Michael Schumacher of Germany with the Formula One girls before the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia in 1998
Alain Prost stands on a mechanic's box with an arm around a pit girl in front of a sea of photographersAlain Prost stands on a mechanic’s box with an arm around a pit girl in front of a sea of photographers
Photographers snap away at three pit girls in Budapest at the 1999 GP Von UngarnPhotographers snap away at three pit girls in Budapest at the 1999 GP Von Ungarn
Four pit girl mimic changing a tyre on a car in front of a gathered crowd of fans at Barcelona in 2002Four pit girl mimic changing a tyre on a car in front of a gathered crowd of fans at Barcelona in 2002

 

Japanese model and singer Rosa Ogawa, now 71, is cited as the first ever grid girl, appearing at races back in the 1960s to promote various brands Japanese model and singer Rosa Ogawa, now 71, is cited as the first ever grid girl, appearing at races back in the 1960s to promote various brands
A glamorous model strikes a pose for photographer at the 1968 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch A glamorous model strikes a pose for photographer at the 1968 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
Jordan drivers Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher (right) relax with models Jordan (left) and Melinda Messenger at Silverstone in 1998 Jordan drivers Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher (right) relax with models Jordan (left) and Melinda Messenger at Silverstone in 1998
When Katie Price was just 19-years-old she was a grid girl for Jordan Formula One at the 1998 Barcelona Grand Prix When Katie Price was just 19-years-old she was a grid girl for Jordan Formula One at the 1998 Barcelona Grand Prix

Love Island's Olivia Atwood had a three-year career as a pit girl before shooting to fame on the hit reality show Love Island’s Olivia Atwood had a three-year career as a pit girl before shooting to fame on the hit reality show

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