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Formula E mocks F1 over late grid girls move

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01/02/2018

A year after Formula E dropped grid girls F1 has followed suit and the all-electric series is revelling in its role as trend-setter.

"We are glad to welcome F1 to the 21st century," said a spokesman for Formula E according to Reuters.

"Formula E stopped using grid girls last year already but we just didn't feel the need to shout about it," they added.

Indeed, the electric series has adopted the practice of "grid kids", whereby youngsters hoping to make it into the sport perform the relevant duties and functions.

"It's a great and emotional experience for these kids to be on the starting grid, next to the drivers and cars that they might drive one day," said the Formula E spokesman, "so hopefully it also works as a good motivation for them."

Meanwhile the furore over F1's decision continues, with Bernie Ecclestone against the move.

"I can't see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One car can be offensive to anybody," he told the Sun.

"They are all nicely dressed," added the former F1 supremo, who met his former wife Slavica when she was a grid girl at Monza. "I would think people like Rolex and Heineken wouldn't have girls there who weren't presentable."

"Where is this leading?" moaned Niki Lauda to Austria's Der Standard newspaper. "If you follow through like this, you soon won't have any cheerleaders anymore in the U.S."

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 08/02/2018 16:03

"As per F1 "So what?""

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2. Posted by Hannes, 02/02/2018 18:22

"Yes Formula E, welcome to the 21st century where an old white man with a mustache decides whats appropriate for a woman to do."

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3. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 02/02/2018 15:11

"@Yeyox02 - if you get paid, then yes, it is."

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4. Posted by mickl, 02/02/2018 13:37

"I think Bernie has a point. Where are all the old lechs and pervs going to go to get their next trophy."

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5. Posted by Mad Matt, 02/02/2018 12:32

"To quote grid girl Rebecca Cooper:

“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.

“If we don’t do something to stop this where will it end? No grid girls, no cheerleaders, female singers being told what to wear on stage, no models in magazines?!

“I’ll fight for my right to choose what I wear, where I work and to keep a job I love. I’ll #fightformyrighttochoose”"

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6. Posted by Editor, 02/02/2018 7:44

"@ itc

Sadly, these days someone will always be offended."

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7. Posted by itc, 02/02/2018 2:20

"Why not have grid girls, boys, women, men, (young and old).
Add in all the different sexual categories we have now, you would be able to get though a season letting everyone have a go, so nobody can be offended."

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8. Posted by Yeyox02, 01/02/2018 19:54

"Being a grid girl is a job?"

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