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

Niki Lauda on F1 grid girl ban: How dumb can someone be?

I would not mind seeing grid boys next to the girls.

Having controversially dropped grid girls from the world championship, Formula One chiefs axed another long-standing tradition on Thursday - the 2pm start.

The notable thing 68-year-old Lauda and octogenarian Ecclestone do have in common is their accumulation of birthday candles. "I can't see", the F1 billionaire said, "how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One vehicle can be offensive to anybody."And perhaps there might even be a rethink, now he's made clear - at least, to anyone unversed in the sport - how critical they were to its operation".

Former F1 grid girl Kelly Brook said it was one of the best jobs she ever hadWho has criticised the move?

"Why didn't we have any grid girls today?" said German star Vettel. I have been a grid girl for 8 years and I have never felt uncomfortable!No one forces us to do this! In a statement he said the company: "Doesn't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world". 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. "Instead of banning women who are a part of motorsport, we need to make tweaks and encourage more women to get involved in other aspects of racing too". It feels rather unoriginal and for a woman who is getting into the sport, can lead to being self-conscious just by virtue of being female.




I'm quite conservative and paternalistic and I'm not repulsed by that logic, except it seems odd to use it in this case.

"Women have emancipated themselves and do very well at it.so this is a decision against women". "But once again it is men who have decided over the heads of women".

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.

"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".

Actor and model Kate Elizabeth Hallam (34) was a grid girl for McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard at the 2004 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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