Chicks prancing around the grid in questionable, scantily-clad
before every grand prix is now a thing of the past.
The sport’s organisers, Liberty Media, released a statement saying that having female models hanging around the grid before races was “clearly at odds with modern day societal norms”.
The statement issued on Wednesday read:
Formula 1 will end the long-standing practice of using walk-on grid girls, commencing with the start of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. These changes also apply to our other motorsports series that take place during the Grands Prix weekends.
Formula 1 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.
We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula One and its fans, old and new, across the world.
The decision comes days after the Professional Darts Corporation announced it will no longer use walk-on girls to accompany players on their way to the stage.
Having women stand around on hot days, doing little more than smiling and demonstrating superior balance in stilettos, should have been ditched years ago.