World Endurance Championship, take a step into the 21st century by finally eliminating their grid girls.
WEC’s official statement reads: “WEC garages, paddocks, grandstands, hospitality and media rooms full of beautiful women, always much appreciated by everyone not just before the start.
“We have many more beautiful women who work with WEC than just those holding number panels.
“On the grid we believe cars are the beauties and Le Mans-style start echoes Spirit of Le Mans ethos communicated in all we do.”
“From Silverstone next week, you will see that for any race we will do – no grid girls like in the past,” WEC chief executive Gerard Neveu announced.
‘For me that is the past. The condition of women is a little bit different now,’ he said.
The use of models, also referred to as ‘race queens’ or ‘umbrella girls’, to stand by cars with flags or placards displaying drivers’ numbers has long been a feature of F1
Toyota’s world champion Anthony Davidson said it was about time things changed.
‘I talk about this with my wife quite a lot, and we both agree it’s actually pretty backward,’ the Briton, who has also raced in Formula One, said.
‘It’s old school to have such a concept as grid girls. Surely the world’s moved on? And motor racing should follow quite closely what the rest of the world’s doing in that respect.
‘I think that’s a really nice touch, a modern touch as well, from the WEC to take that aspect of racing away. It is a bit sexist.’
Neveu said the cars would line up diagonally opposite the pit wall and grandstand as if for an old-style ‘Le Mans start’.
But, Grid girls still remain a part at the top-level of the Motorsports, mainly including Formula 1
Last month, a letter to Cyril Abiteboul [Managing Director of Renault Sport F1] has revealed the grid strategy of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
It reads: “Dear Cyril.
“Please be reminded that where possible, grid access passes should be used for celebrities or people of note or as always, really glamorous ladies.
“This is not so much a sporting matter,” Ecclestone added, “but a part of the show business of Formula one.”
We would like to know what you think about this 21st century move.
Do you support the elimination of grid girls, or do you want keep grid girls as a part of F1.