Formula One Puts A Stop To Grid Girls For 2018

After months of debate, Formula 1 has announced grid girls will become a thing of the past.

The long-standing tradition will formally end with the start of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season which kicks off on March 25th at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The use of grid girls has come under fire in recent years as some have deemed it an outdated tradition designed to objectify women. Formula 1 seemed to have agreed with this analysis as the group’s managing director of commercial operations, Sean Bratches, said “Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport.”

Bratches went on to say grid girls have been a staple of Formula 1 for decades but they “feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.” He ended his statement by saying Formula 1 doesn’t believe the use of the gird girls is “appropriate or relevant” to either the organization or to fans across the world.

Some fans will surely disagree with the decision and even Formula 1 acknowledged it considers the “time spent by teams and drivers on the grid before a race as one of celebration, where guests and various performers can add to the glamour and spectacle of the Grand Prix, enabling promoters and partners to showcase their countries and products.”

Despite this, the practice is coming to an end and the changes will also apply to “other motorsports series that take place during the Grands Prix weekends.”

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  • europeon

    > “feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.”

    In 10 years it’s going to be electric anyway, every driver on the grid will receive 25 points before the race start because they’ll all be declared winners (including the two visually impaired, the atuist, the three overweight, and the five gender fluid drivers mandated by the FIA rules), at the end they will all share the #1 podium place and spray eachother with bottle of coconut water. I think that resonates better with the soyboy cucks “values” at the modern world.

    • Eu

      But why you sign yourself as a Europeon, with EU flag, I mean, all of us are Europeans(who live on European continent), but question is of identity of that word- Europe? Is it liberal nihilistic or logical and proud of your tradition?

      Hm, think about your nickname, because EU is one of main supporters of I would say “sick” and “fake” vision of equality between sex genders.

      Western Europe becoming beta or omega low quality males so Eastern Europe will rule in future, they are more alpha…

      • Hashtag No Filter

        US owner brought their own “values” in the sport. Still I wonder why they’ll have cheerleades girls on Superbowl in few days?

        Hypocrisy. Standard if we considering US.

        American values is only american, not world or universal values.
        American fake political correctness is only american. Not world’s. Not European.

        • gary4205

          These aren’t “American values” this crap all comes from far left-wing “progressive” extremists.

          Normal human beings have absolutely no problem.

          Those girls get paid pretty well to be there. All this nonsense did, besides appeasing the perpetually offended, is put more people on tbe unemployment line.

          • Six_Tymes

            spot on.

      • europeon
    • Six Thousand Times

      Maybe even a Romanian might have a shot? I know, I’m kidding. F1 cars are pretty hard to steal.

      • europeon

        It’s funny because the people behind the first Romanian F1 team (I know, right) were accused of shady business practices and stealing.

        • Six Thousand Times

          If they could have stolen a Mercedes Benz and kidnapped Hamilton…

  • Jim Jones ©

    All of this ‘social media’ fuelled political correctness has to end, I don’t want to live in genderless bland world where being intelligent, good looking, feminine or masculine is seen as a crime against humanity.

    If the women don’t mind and they are paid well for their time………….then who gives a flying [email protected]#$ if they stand around and look pretty?

    Here is a message to the forever offended snowflake ‘feminists’ out there, get off the couch, lose weight, shave once in a while and take some pride in your appearance and maybe the world won’t treat you so bad. Whatever reason you hate the world around you, the problem lies within you it’s nobody’s fault but yours.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You sound no less offended, Mr. Snowflake.

    • Bill Nguyen

      With the way things are going in the world, soon you won’t be able to even look at a damn girl without them being offended haha.. I agree we don’t need grid girls, but they were always a highlight at the Japanese and Korean GPs ???

  • Daniel

    It’s always great to see sexism being reduced. If it’s so important to have people cheering at the grid, why did they have to be all women? And only stereotypically attractive women?

    • europeon

      > If it’s so important to have people cheering at the grid, why did they have to be all women?

      Because sexism, obviously. Doh!

      Let me explain it to you: every living species on this earth is hardwired to compete with other individuals of the same species so that the best genes are passed forward. It’s the same with humans. Men compete with other men in order to prove themselves better so they can get the chance to mate. That’s why all competitive sports are dominated by men, and women flock around the champions. Back in the stone ages when food and safety were real issues and they didn’t have F1 cars to race around, the ones that were managing to provide the best protection and the most food were the ones that passed their gene along. The opposite is true for women, but other traits are of importance, mainly the ones that are relate to bearing and taking care of children.

      You understand the picture? That’s hardwired genetics, it’s not a social construct or whatever SJW/PC theory is en vogue today.

      That doesn’t make women inferior to men or the other way round, it’s just that they are genetically different, suited to perform different roles in the grand survival of the species scheme, and that’s perfectly fine and normal. You can’t have an “equality of outcome” scenario with a dimorphic species, nomatter how hard you try to push for it.

      • SteersUright

        Yes, but the world has moved on from brute cave people to babies who cant even speak yet proficiently navigate iPads. With regards to survival in the modern world, brute strength is obsolete. Economic means of the parents and superior intellect are better modern determinants of survival. And in these categories, both sexes may compete.
        That said, we are still products of our past and as such, both sexes appreciate a woman’s beauty (and increasingly, that of a superior looking male as well). So, while I am inclined to support equality in all areas such as pay, etc., I don’t think we need to be so extreme and tear everything down. Humans remain visual beings. We admire great architecture, beautiful art, gorgeous natural wonders and this includes appreciation for beautiful women. So long as the respect is there too, I take no issue with a beautiful person capitalizing on their luck. Any of us would.

        • europeon

          Genetic evolution doesn’t happen that fast. It’s like taming lions and bears then being surprised they ate their trainers.

          The same with reading vs watching tv/movies. The the visual cortex developed throughout millions of years, and that’s the most efficient and natural way of getting our information, while our brains started being used to read books a few hundred years ago (in mass). Nomatter how they argue that books make you smarter (and they do, but not because *reading*), they can’t hold their own against movies. It took “the scientists” a few dozen years to realize this, but all studies agree.

    • Jay

      Because it makes the men they are cheering for feel good? Can you imagine what it would feel like if it were all men [maybe buff guys in race suits?] cheering you instead?

      • gary4205

        A few years some retard sued Hooters because they don’t hire male waitstaff. Claimed it was sexist and discriminatory.

        The case was laughed out of court.

        There’s only one reason people go to Hooters, and it ain’t the food!

  • EyalN

    this is 2018, they should have trans in mini dresses. (the world is going crazy)
    they are probably doing it because of sharia laws (the world is going crazy #2)

  • Blue Velvet

    I think I’m gonna throw up…

  • Mind Synthetic

    great, one less reason to watch

  • Six_Tymes

    booooooooo

  • Prefiero Elanonimato

    more women without job, Thank you feminism !

    • LWOAP

      That’s that gender equality, son. Now self-flagellate yourself you cis-white male scum. 😉

      • Six Thousand Times

        Somebody’s trigger has been found and pulled.

        • LWOAP

          Considering you have been leaving multiple comments in multiples threads, I think that applies to you more than anyone else here.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I just enjoy a laugh at the whiners who cry about political correctness as loud or louder than the ones they seem to think are ruining their lives. Are you really going to miss grid girls that much?

          • LWOAP

            I find that sentence pretty ironic considering your behavior on this article. As for the grid girls? My issue isn’t about that, it’s about the people mandating change for the sake of reflecting “societal norms” What are societal norms and who dictate what that is?

            That’s my issue. But I have a feeling you’ll ignore that and just call everyone here crybabies and single virgins like most straw man arguments.

          • Six Thousand Times

            So, you’re not whining then? F1 can decide to run their show their way. If you’re afraid they’re caving to outside pressure, well, then, there must be enough people bringing that pressure to force F1’s hand. The world changes. Your “societal norms” are ever in flux – sorry you re just noticing. Even if F1 dropped grid girls to “keep up appearances,” that’s their right, too. You can still hire a grid girl to stand in front of your TV before races.

      • TheHake

        Don’t worry… some of us got it…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Really, you thought that grid girl was some sort of long-term job? Now unemployment among young, pretty women will spike?

  • Its the 6th century all over

    So in replacement we will have beings of an indeterminate sex wearing a head to toe black sheet?

    That sounds familiar…….now where have I seen that before, hmmm.

  • LWOAP

    “The use of grid girls has come under fire in recent years as some have deemed it an outdated tradition designed to objectify women.”

    And who exactly were these people, again? N-no, don’t answer that. I got a pretty damn good idea who it is. Lemme guess; gender studies “academics” (please respond) and professional snowflakes that get offended at everything, right?

  • ediotsavant

    The end of F1 for me. Without the girls, there’s nothing to see.

    • Six Thousand Times

      If you weren’t there for the racing in the first place…? I mean, there are other programmes with girls in them.

    • smartacus

      not all of them are leaving.
      Lewis is still there to see.

  • donald seymour

    I normally don’t agree with the F1 decisions, but on this one I tip my hat off to them. I’m tired of men degrading women as just tools and nothing else. Whether we like to admit it or not, men are the leaders. And whatever persuasive actions we take, then usually that’s the direction that women take as well. So, we should empower women by letting them know that they can do more. I would love to see more women compete in the F1 circuit more than anything. Now that is how we respect women.

    • James Hunt

      As James Hunt would say……grow a pair!

      • Six Thousand Times

        He has…you on the other hand?

    • europeon

      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markmeckler/2016/11/sweden-tried-feminist-snow-removal-and-got-exactly-what-it-deserved/

      https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/gender-equal-snow-removal-procedures-left-stockholm-paralyzed

      And no, you don’t respect women by forcing gender equality, just like FIA “respected” the hell out of those women, leaving them without a very good paying job.

      • donald seymour

        It’s not forcing but conditioning. It’s starts with parenting. At the end of the day a woman should be worth more than her body. And just because it’s a good paying job doesn’t mean it’s not degrading. If I told you that you can make an 100k euros shoveling your manager’s Sh*t while he watches for the fun of it, and it would still be considered a great paying job, but at the price of your dignity. I mean I’m pretty sure that you would still do it anyway, because it’s good paying right?

        • TheHake

          F*ck my dignity for €100k!!!!!!!!!!

        • europeon

          > At the end of the day a woman should be able to do whatever the hell she wants with her life and her body.

          Fixed that for you.
          Mind your own business and stop trying to tell people what and what not to do. You are free to boycott and vote with you wallet, but never interfere with what people are doing out of their free will. Democracy 1-0-1.

          • donald seymour

            True, however we condition them for that outcome firstly through bad parenting. If we encourage degradation for payment by conditioning a woman that her body means nothing but a tool, then we as men are also encouraging the lost of dignity as well.

            Society likes for us to think that we’re not in control and we’re not the head, but that isn’t true. We shape and mold the environment to what we want, and by we I am talking about men.

          • europeon

            > If we encourage degradation for payment by conditioning a woman that her
            body means nothing but a tool, then we as men are also encouraging the
            lost of dignity as well.

            I’m sorry, but who the f**k are you to set standards and impose what people can and can’t do with their bodies and lives? It’s only soyboys like you that talk about degrading women and using them as tools, the rest of us – normal people – admire and (some) worship those girls like goddesses, and, even judging by your SJW standards, that’ pretty empowering.

            Look at all the grid girls that started talking in the past days since this sh**show started, and give me JUST ONE example of a grid girl that said “oh, I’m glad it’s finally over, I’m not going to degrade and lose my dignity on the grid line from now on”. All I see is the exact opposite, even retired girls saying that this is stupid and they never felt in any way used or objectified, and they truly enjoyed what they were doing.

            So yeah, FIA is a private organization, they can do whatever they want with their events, but it’s the moronic screechy vocal minority that pushed this stupid agenda, imposing their frustrations standards upon other people, that I have a problem with.

            And you know what? It’s you, the kind of people that judge and stigmatize others, that are the true cancer of this society.
            Normal people don’t do that, they are too busy with their own lives and the occasionally stop to admire and enjoy really beautiful stuff, like the grid girls, and move on with their lives, being thankful for the brief moment when they escaped the reality that surrounds them.

            I hope I made myself clear and what I said will give you some food for thought.

          • donald seymour

            I truly do understand your point. And I really do. And I’m not being sarcastic. However, the only reason that an individual can come to the thought process that it’s okay just to be an object is because they have been trained and condition that way. Nevertheless, we have the power to change that.

          • europeon

            And then again… You say you understand, then you bring the “objectifying” idea back in the discussion. Nobody is objectifying anyone, it’s just moral busybodies, screechy feminists, progressive and their allies that think that.
            Stop pushing this fake non-existent agenda, it’s just like with the “rapeculture” in the west.

    • KenjiK

      Honestly I’ve always find this “custom” dumb, to say the least. Same goes for the “decorative” women at the car shows.

      • donald seymour

        I know right? I talked to a lot of those women and they really aren’t happy campers. And they really don’t want to be there. Standing there in heals on a turn table fake smiling.

        • TheHake

          Bwahahahaha. Who forced them to do it???? They make good money, why deny them that?

    • Vassilis

      Respect.

    • europeon

      “F1 grid girl speaks: ‘Not one of us think it’s sexist, exploitative or demeaning”

      http://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/f1-grid-girl-speaks-not-one-us-think-its-sexist-exploitative-or-demeaning

  • karmat

    We don’t watch F1 to see more “modern day societal norms”. We watch it to escape those things…and we’re almost all men! This series has been decimated by political correctness. There’s nothing left. If I wanna see bland V6s running around, I can look out my front window. F1 is so out of touch with their fans, it makes me sick.

  • Dennis James

    Good luck surviving with a halved audience 🙂

    • Six Thousand Times

      That’s a bit much. If you’re not there for the racing, really? Most other forms of racing don’t have grid girls and if you only watch F1 for the brief flash of the grid girls, well, that’s actually quite sad.

  • Phil

    I’m a heterosexual male, over 30 and old enough to remember F1’s better days, and I agree with this completely. Seeing the number of “fans” complaining about this change, if the sport loses them as a result, good riddance.

    • Vassilis

      The fact only two people seem to agree with you is incredibly sad.

  • Six Thousand Times

    So, we’re getting halos but losing grid girls? Lame. I get that grid girls are a bit outdated and a lot of guys here will be triggered to piss and moan. I just like ‘em and they’re not hurting anyone. If F1 really cared, they’d work on getting more women involved in technical and management positions- not to mention drivers.

    • donald seymour

      I enjoyed reading your balanced and real perspective.

      • Six Thousand Times

        I will miss Matchett and Hobbs more than the grid girls. Neither are much to look at. I like pretty women as much as the next guy but this story really brought out the crybabies.

        • LWOAP

          Welcome to the realm of politics. Someone will be with you shortly.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Lemme grab you a hanky…one sec.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This I can get behind.

  • kachuks

    Last year it was alcohol sponsorship that came under fire, now this.

    People seem to forget that fast cars, booze and pretty girls go together.

    Why am I supposed to tune in for EV’s, no chicks and soda pop?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Genius, fast cars and booze do not go together.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        When you drive, never drink.

  • I really think this is just political correctness from Liberty Media. I mean many of this models want to do their job and adding their portofolio. It’s not like they are in for bunga bunga party.

    And someone has this brilliant idea of dressing them up with traditional dress from each country in the GP. That would have been better compromise.

  • LeStori

    Storm in a teacup. It won’t stop the objectification of women because they will do it to themselves unless forced not to do so by societies rules and regulation. It is fighting nature.

  • Dalibor Milic

    i personally thought F1 was about driving gods, cars on a cutting edge of technology, crazy manouvers … judging from a debate it turns ourt it was about grid girls ???
    so they get my support because you are just proving them right … that you are the fans of the half naked ladies and not the sport …
    and also everyone should be grateful for the opportunity that those grid girls now have time to persue their careers in quantum physics, finish their Phd and/ or get a law degree

    • Six Thousand Times

      Right? The pretty girls were nice, and I don’t think getting rid of them does much one way of the other but if you’re just in front of your screen for the grid girls, no need to wonder why you’re still single.

  • TheHake

    This sucks. We are heading to a bleak, sterile future. No fun allowed.

  • Dustin

    I don’t think the people holding the umbrellas are complaining about the position. If the position is meant for attractive models, then have some female models and some male models. Then you have something for people who find females attractive and something for people who find males attractive. I don’t think the answer to equality should be “then no one gets to do the grid umbrella jobs and no one gets to look at grid umbrella models.”

    Or if models are no longer an agreed-upon representation, then how about a fan lottery? Put out a sweepstakes each race, and the winners get to hold the umbrellas. Then you get all races, ages, genders, etc.

    I know there will be small factions who are never happy, but I think the male/female grid holders would suffice and please the majority viewers and be seen as a good step.

  • eenymac

    No more cheerleaders at any sporting event soon….unless they are in burkas!

  • Vassilis

    Good. I never cared about grid girls either way.

  • on one hand good for many reasons, on the other hand, meet those girls, they like what they do. They could do without the perverts hands touching them but those jobs are the easiest and most well paid for models that won’t make it to the top. For some of them it was a great way to have money for studies, others just love to be looked at.

  • GG

    Should let the Grid Girls decide on that… their choice!

  • Maricaibo

    Now if only we could get this amount of dialog over Pirelli’s undue influence on F1 and whether we really need a halo.

    • europeon

      I mean… that Pirelli calendar is problematic. Maybe it’s a good idea to start there. 🙂

      • Blastam

        Well the last 2 editions were plain amazing!. Just amazing! I never know I wanted to look at strong, independent, powerful people (who identify as women) until Pirelli set me right. I now realize how big of misogynist I was by looking at calendars with “”hot chicks”” before. I mean hot as socially constructed by our imperialist white patriarchy ofc. But I’m cured now thanks in part to Pirelli, and I really enjoyed looking at artsy pics of RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, P. Diddly etc. Looking forward to next years issue featuring exclusively trans disabled otherkin people of color.

        • europeon

          Nah, they don’t all have to be of color, that down-syndrome girl that ran for Miss USA was white AF, and she’ll fit right in the next edition of the calendar.

          Side note: I had no idea the past two editions of the calendar were so beautifully inclusive.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This comment section is going to be cancer.

    What a shitshow this has turned out to be. I’m very disappointed that out of all of the fucking issues with Motorsport right now, THIS, this is what you want to focus on. And to be honest, I’m not even that fucking surprised. In fact this is just par for the course right now. You are blowing this out of proportion, and are making the Motorsport community as a whole look bad. This shit needs to stop.

    Am I missing something? Am I just stupid? Because I think we are way too old, to not be above this.

    EDIT: What do you know.

    I WAS RIGHT.

    • Blastam

      I think that the part you are missing, and I assume your question was genuine, is that what sets this issue apart form other is that this is seen as politicizing the sport. The other issues with Motorsport that you might be thinking about are for the most part technical issues pertaining to the various aspect inherit to the racing aspect and so on. This on the other hand is a cultural blow to the sport and it makes it very hard for people to be able to disconnect and engage with something that not so long ago wasn’t a partisan issue. You tuned in (or attended) sport event to disconnect from it all and enjoy a commonly shared love for something. It would unite people. But it’s getting harder and harder these days. Everything the left touches it destroys.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I just honestly don’t see why the grid girls, of all things are going to be the hill to die on for most. I frankly don’t care either way, if you want to know where I’m at.

        And I don’t think that the actions of a few should blanket the whole, in regards to that last statement.

        All I want is fast cars, kickass drivers, and a close championship.
        Isn’t that enough?

  • DMax

    Hooray!!! Finally! Those pesky grid girls really prevented me from enjoying some quality exciting F1 racing.

  • Enter Ranting

    This article wins the coveted “Clickbait of the Year Award.”

  • fabri99

    I’d rather see a woman drive a racecar than stand next to it.
    Hats off, F1.

  • AnklaX

    I don’t get what’s going on with feminism in the west. Running girls out of work because that they should use only their intellect in a professional capacity, not beauty and yet promote and commend adultery when a woman gets naked for all the world to see saying its okay if its their choice. Seems kinda double standardy to me.

    No red underline below kinda. Kinda is a word ?!?!?! wtf

  • smartacus

    Unusually numerous amount of comments.
    None address the true reason behind the ban.
    With all the misconduct accusations in the news,
    the owners don’t want F1 to joint the scandal club.

  • Six_Tymes

    Bye pretty girls! unfortunately most of your modeling careers are over… sorry to see you go! I personally enjoyed seeing your smiles, not just because you were all so pretty (a compliment)
    No Doubt, on the agenda next for libtards, will be to waste more time at ruining cheer-leading at US football games.
    Its Idiocy… and or jealously, not sure which.

  • LeStori

    So grid girls are exploitative but Porn Valley in California is not? I suppose getting all your orifices filled is considered normal. Looking good is not.
    But maybe it is not about whether these women look “nice” or being exploited. In a world where FAT is the new normal, they are making the fat feel bad.

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