F1's team bosses: 'Keep the grid girls!'

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Several F1 team bosses have chimed in on the great 'grid girl' debate, believing Formula 1 has no reason to scrap the presence of the women on the grid.

Ross Brawn revealed last week that the sport is considering ending the appearance of the charming girls on Sundays, with many considering the tradition to be nothing more than a sexist anachronism in this day and age of political correctness.

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg are all in favour of keeping the grid girl tradition alive, and so are a few of F1's team bosses.

"Grid girls were an integral part of Formula 1 for many years," says Ferrari's Maurizio Arrivabene.

"I think Ross Brawn has more complex and important things to take care of," he said.

Niki Lauda told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV: "The emancipation of women is perfectly right, and in fact they are in the process of overtaking us.

"But why should they not be allowed to stand on the grid anymore?"

Lauda's feelings were echoed by his countryman and friend Helmut Marko.

"I just cannot imagine that," said the Red Bull motorsport boss.

"In America, cheerleaders appear before, during and after every game so I see no reason why this should not be done in formula one.

"I think we have other worries," he said.

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