F1 ‘grid girls’ under ‘strong review’ – how did you vote?

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60% of respondents to a BBC Sport vote on Thursday said ‘grid girls’ should be part of Formula 1

Formula 1’s new owners are looking into whether the sport should continue to use ‘grid girls’.

Ross Brawn, F1 managing director of motorsports, said the use of female promotional models is a “delicate topic” which is “under strong review”.

“We’re trying to respect all parties,” Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live.

“There’s a lot of people respect the tradition of the grid girls and there’s people who feel that it has become a bit dated, so we’re addressing that.”

Brawn’s boss, F1 chief executive officer Chase Carey, said: “What we need to do is get as many points of view as possible and make a decision right for the future of the sport.”

‘Grid girls’ are models used to conduct certain promotional tasks, usually wearing clothing that bears the name of a sponsor. Among their duties in F1 are holding umbrellas or driver name-boards on the grid, and lining the corridor through which the drivers walk on their way to the podium.

Their use has become the subject of debate as social attitudes have changed, and some races have begun to experiment with alternatives, such as using male models instead of female,