FIA president Jean Todt labels F1 grid girl controversy ‘bulls**t’ as new season beckons

FIA supremo Jean Todt blasted the controversy over the choice to axe grid women as "bulls**t".

Earlier this yr the game's house owners Liberty Media took the choice to finish the custom of using glamorous ladies to parade up and down the pit lane.

 Grid girls have been axed by Formula One this season

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Grid women have been axed by Formula One this season
 FIA supremo Jean Todt has dismissed the controversy over the dumping of grid girls

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FIA supremo Jean Todt has dismissed the controversy over the dumping of grid women

Their ruling sparked a debate all over the world over whether or not F1 was caving into political correctness or simply bringing itself updated with trendy life.

However Todt, who has been in command of motor racing's governing physique for the previous eight years, believes a lot of the dialog has simply been scorching air.

The seventy two-yr-previous stated: "It's not an issue, it's silly.

"I’ve extra essential issues in my life to debate than grid women.

 F1 owners Liberty Media decided the use of gird girls was not in keeping with their modern values

F1 house owners Liberty Media determined using gird women was not in line with their trendy values

"I'm sorry, however there was a lot speak about this type of bulls**t."

Liberty Media made their announcement in January, claiming using grid women didn’t meet the corporate's values within the modern-day.

It got here scorching on the heels of the Skilled Darts Company deciding they might not use stroll-on women at any of their occasions.

These bulletins have been welcomed extensively by equality campaigners who believed it was excessive time the sports stopped objectifying ladies.

 The sight of Grid Girls at Grand Prix races is a thing of the past

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The sight of Grid Women at Grand Prix races is a factor of the previous

However it was additionally criticised, with former grid girl Kelly Brook saying it denied ladies the chance to earn a dwelling that means in the event that they desired.

And the darts stroll-on women additionally hit out, claiming that they had been pressured out of their jobs due to the push for high quality.

Todt bristles on the point out of grid women as the FIA and F1 put together for the beginning of the new season later this month.

And one of many issues occupying his thoughts is to make sure former workforce Ferrari don’t undergo with their menace to stroll away from the game.

Todt spent 15 years with the Italian staff, however present Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has claimed they might give up F1 in 2020 when rule modifications over engines and finances caps are because of come into drive.

There isn’t any signal of Liberty or the FIA backing down from the new laws, so robust talks loom on the horizon.

 Darts led the way by dropping the use of walk-on girls

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Darts led the best way by dropping using stroll-on women

Todt added: "Everyone has a selection however I'm simply frightened about making good selections for the way forward for F1.

"It's one thing we’re engaged on. An F1 automotive is just too refined, it's too costly however it's the most important motor-racing present on earth.

"If we do a superb job we may have lots of rivals. We have to make it extra reasonably priced and ensure we don't lose any groups."

FIA supremo Jean Todt blasted the controversy over the choice to axe grid women as "bulls**t".