Chase Carey, Formula One’s chief executive, says there will continue be “pretty girls at races” under his leadership, adding that the sport will still be one of “glamour and mystique".
His comments are likely to raise eyebrows given Formula One’s attempts to project a new image of itself by shelving grid girls – a practice which it said last week was “at odds with modern-day societal norms”.
In an interview with select newspapers, Carey admitted he personally would have kept the practice as he “liked it”. However, he said he had taken account of the views of other stakeholders and fans and had to “respect” their wishes.
“I think the reaction [to the scrapping of grid girls] has been what we expected,” Carey said. “We’ve had some people who have been positive about it and others who were concerned. Unsurprisingly, many long-term fans view it as part of the sport they grew up with and I respect that.
“Actually if you just left it up to me, personally, I like the grid girls. But it’s not a decision for me, it’s a decision for fans. And I think what we found is that a number of people anecdotally raised the issue, and as I went around what I found was there was a meaningful segment that found it … I don’t know whether offensive is too strong – but found it exploitative or did not find it appropriate for the world we live in today."
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2018/02/09/f1-chief-executive-chase-carey-says-will-still-pretty-girls/