Date: 11th February 2018 at 6:54am
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The new owners of Formula One have made the decision to replace the famous F1 grid girls with ‘grid kids’.

The decision was made as Formula One’s new American owners believe that it no longer represents the correct ‘brand image’.

The announcement was made shortly after the Professional Darts Corporation also decided to remove the walk on girls from their events.

The announcement annoyed former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who had overseen the rise of F1.

‘You should be allowed to have grid girls because the drivers like them, the audience like them and no one cares. These girls were part of the show, part of the spectacle.

‘I can’t see how a good-looking girl standing with a driver and a number in front of a Formula 1 car can be offensive to anybody.
Ecclestone told The Sun newspaper as quoted by motorsport.com.

‘They are all nicely dressed. I would think people like Rolex and Heineken wouldn’t have girls there who weren’t presentable.

‘I thought we had forgotten about girls not being able to do guys’ jobs and girls being able to do guys’ jobs. I thought we were all the same.


Following the announcement, Liberty announced that ‘grid kids’ would replace the grid girls.

But these grid kids will not be the same as child mascots at football, instead they will be young karters and aspiring racing drivers, selected on merit by the host nation at each Grand Prix.

‘This will be an extraordinary moment for these youngsters: imagine, standing beside their heroes, watch as they prepare to race, the elite of the elite in motorsport, to be there, alongside them in those precious few minutes just before the start F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches told Sky Sports.

‘What an unforgettable experience, for them, and their families. An inspiration to keep driving, training and learning so that they can dream of one day being there themselves. What better way to inspire the next generation of Formula 1 heroes.’

When it’s put like that its a difficult concept to argue against.

The whole issue revolving around the abolish-ion of grid girls however is a debate that no doubt will continue for years.

 

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