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Ecclestone Blasts Formula 1 For Axing Grid Girls

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The worldwide spectacle is heavy with celebration, fast cars and the men and women behind it.

When asked if she thought grid girls were viewed as sex objects, Hallam responded, "Not at all".

She said she hoped F1 could "attract more females into the many roles available to them in the industry".

The grid girls are best-known for holding driver name-boards on the grid and lining the corridor through which drivers walk on their way to the podium if they finish in the top three.

After conducting a review at the end of past year, F1 said it made the decision as the concept "does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".

FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT: AUTOWEEK published a Q&A with British grid girl Samantha Young "to get the feelings of someone now down a job for the year".

"If we don't do something to stop this where will it end?"

The 41-year-old said the sport had entered a new era.

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However, a lot of people were disappointed to see political correctness claim another victim.

In November, he said: "We've had grid boys and that's been criticised".

"You are never going to get it right and we live in a modern society and we have to be open to everything". This is not doing any favours to F1 and especially not for women.

Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone also saw no sense in the sudden move.

In fact, the overtly sexual clothing of these medieval events was criticised by moralists at the time; the deeply misanthropic chronicler Henry Knighton complained that "whenever and wherever tournaments were held, troops of ladies would arrive dressed up in a variety of male clothing... they abused their bodies in wantonness and scurrilous licentiousness". "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 vehicle 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. We all love our job, feel very comfortable doing it and do not feel it promoted a sexist image".

Formula 1 is stereotypically viewed as a man's world.

"We are therefore delighted to bring that dream a little closer by giving the future champions of our sport the opportunity to stand alongside their heroes on the grid in the build-up to the race start".

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