Formula 1 Bans Use of Grid Girls

Formula 1 to stop using grid girls

And, says Formula 1 officials, girls on the grid are an inappropriate practice that is not relevant to the sport and its fans.

"I feel these decisions are made by women that would never have the confidence to do such a job, which also, believe it or not, requires a great personality", said Hallam, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.

After F1's recent ban on grid girls many feel MotoGP should follow suit, though not everyone shares that sentiment.

"I would love the naysayers to come and watch one of our practices and see the blood, sweat and tears that go into learning a new dance routine every week", she said.

F1 announced on Wednesday that it would end the practice of using female promotional models to stand on the grid holding driver name boards.

After conducting a review at the end of previous year, F1 said it made the decision as the concept "does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".

The decision has produced a mixed response, including from some of the women who have performed the role in the past.

The 41-year-old said the sport had entered a new era.

Women's groups, however, backed the F1 decision. Women are stepping up (into senior team roles), and they are doing it very well - it is moving in the right direction.

Lucy Stokes, a model from England, meanwhile has taken to Twitter mentioning that it is absolutely unjust for others to judge the job they do. "Let's increase the talent pool of girls and women entering the sport".

"I can't see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula 1 vehicle can be offensive to anybody" (DAILY MAIL, 2/1).

Hallam, who said the ban was "feminism gone too far" in a Facebook post, has been modelling since 14 - the same age at which she won a bravery award from the House of Commons for donating bone marrow that helped to save the life of her brother, who had leukaemia.

"I'm one of the lucky ones that I don't rely on this as a main source of income, but there are girls out there who do". I would not mind seeing grid boys next to the girls. "We all shout about the vote and the ladies who fought for it and I want us all to remember that".

However, he said the matter was for the grid girls and F1 to decide and not a matter to legislate on. 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.

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