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Lauda: How stupid can they be?

05 February 2018

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

The global spectacle is heavy with celebration, fast cars and the men and women behind it. Now, former three time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda has hit back on the decision.

Among those who have lashed out at Formula One are Bernie Ecclestone, the 87-year-old chairman emeritus of the Formula One group who was replaced as the group's chief executive in January of 2017, and several "Grid Girls" themselves.

"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 auto 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".

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.

There are likely lots of women who would like to have a job as a model at a Formula 1 race and the series' decision eliminates that avenue.

"I think it's a great pity to break a tradition such as this, which does formula one but above all women no favours at all".

"This is not going to change overnight the lack of female representation in motorsport but could it be a step in the right direction?"


"But one does not exclude the other".

"I can't see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One auto can be offensive to anybody".

"I want to encourage rather than diminish women", Lauda said.

"If you continue on this path, there will be no cheerleaders left in America". These girls were. part of the spectacle.

Earlier this week Liberty Media made a decision to drop the grid girls from Formula 1.

"I can't see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula One vehicle can be offensive to anybody".

The track's managing director Stuart Pringle told the BBC: "We wholeheartedly support the decision by F1 to drop the use of grid girls - it is an outdated practice that no longer has a place in sport".

Nevertheless, some of grid girls were unhappy about their imminent unemployment, with Lucy Stokes telling her Twitter followers: "I love my job".

Lauda: How stupid can they be?