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Formula One to end long-standing practice of using ‘grid girls’

2018-01-31

LONDON — Formula One says it is ending the practice of using “grid girls” and “podium girls” at races.

F1 managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches says the use of the women on the grid is clearly “at odds with modern day societal norms.”

Formula One says it is ending the practice of using 'grid girls' and 'podium girls' at races.

Formula One says it is ending the practice of using 'grid girls' and 'podium girls' at races.

(Frank Augstein/AP)

At F1 races, women dressed in uniform walk out onto the grid shortly before the race and then stand in front of each driver’s car, holding up the driver’s number. Women also stand along the winner on the podium after the race.

Grid girls line up for the pit lane walk ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza last year.

(ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2018 season begins on March 25 at the Australian GP in Melbourne.