Lauda rages over out for Grid Girls
Niki Lauda has no sympathy at all for the abolition of the grid girls in Formula 1. He thinks the decision was a false signal.
The announcement by Formula 1 that they want to give up grid girls as early as the coming season has caused a great deal of criticism.
Ex-world champion Niki Lauda made a particularly clear statement:”Do they have a bird? the emancipation of women” is perfectly correct to be exact, they are about to overtake us. Why should they no longer be allowed to stand there?”, asked the Austrian.”This is a decision against women.”
“Although the practice of employing Grid Girls has been an integral part of the Grands Prix for decades, we believe that this custom is not consistent with our brand values and clearly contradicts modern social norms,”said Sean Bratches, Head of Marketing from Formula 1 owner Liberty Media, explaining the decision on Wednesday.
The new owner of the racing series believes that grid girls are no longer “fitting” or “relevant for Formula 1 and its fans”. In the current sexism debate, Bratches and technical director Ross Brawn had already indicated that they wanted to break with tradition.
There are many people who appreciate the “Grid Girls” and there are people who think that this is a bit outdated. So we need to look at this,”Brawn said.
Especially the sparse clothing of women was a thorn in the side of most critics. For Lauda, it’s incomprehensible:”But then all you have to do is put more clothes on them,”the Austrian told the newspaper Der Standard.
Lauda sees a fundamental problem in the decision against the Grid Girls – namely,”that once again men have decided over the heads of women.”