Chantel George: The former grid girl dishes on meeting Prince Harry and Naomi Campbell, being starstruck by Lewis Hamilton and why she’s upset by the F1 ban

"I'M simply annoyed as a result of I do know that lots of my buddies in the business will now lose their jobs."

Chantel George, 30, was a grid girl to Kimi Raikkonen in the summer time of 2014.

 Chantel George was a pit girl for Kimi Raikonnen at the 2014 British Grand Prix

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Chantel George was a pit girl for Kimi Raikonnen at the 2014 British Grand Prix

She was a part of the glitz and glamour of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone that all of us love and adore.

Chantel was additionally a daily on the British Tour Automotive Championship, the place the beautiful Miss England contestant wowed audiences.

The Milton Keynes magnificence rubbed shoulders with the likes of Prince Harry and Naomi Campbell.

She additionally obtained the alternative to combine with drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

 Chantel George was a regular on the British Touring Car Championship

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Chantel George was a daily on the British Touring Automotive Championship

However now her days in the pits are over after the FIA imposed a ban on the fashions strutting stuff on the racing circuit.

Chantel advised SunSport about her expertise as a grid girl, in addition to providing an answer to fight the perceived sexism of the job.

The beautiful brunette additionally admitted she by no means as soon as felt objectified as a mannequin in the world of motosport.

 Chantel George got to meet famous drivers like Freddie Hunt

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Chantel George obtained to satisfy well-known drivers like Freddie Hunt

Reacting to the news of the grid girl ban, she advised us: "For me, doing the grid for method one was an unimaginable expertise.

"I’m gutted that I gained’t have the ability to do it once more, and for all the different women that gained’t get the alternative I had."

Chantel revealed that regardless of the job wanting straightforward, it truly could be tiring work.

She stated: "It’s a must to be captivated with Formula One and racing.

 Chantel George reveals you had to be passionate about racing to be a pit girl

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Chantel George reveals you needed to be keen about racing to be a pit girl

"You need to rise up early, be at the monitor for a lot of hours and are on your ft for lengthy durations of time all through the day.

"It’s onerous work and it does take loads of time. However the cash was good and all prices are coated corresponding to journey and journey.

"A typical day would see us arrive at the monitor very early, at round 7am.

"You usually get breakfast. You’re then educated easy methods to stroll professionally on the grid and how one can smile.

 Chantel George was starstruck by some of the celebrities and drivers she met

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Chantel George was starstruck by a few of the celebrities and drivers she met

"Then you definitely can be in hair and make-up earlier than the race, on the grid for the grid formation, podium after the race and do different promotional work in between each earlier than and after."

Regardless of being with the drivers on the course, Chantel stated she didn't get the alternative to talk with the boy racers.

She divulged: "We don’t actually work together a lot with the groups or drivers, actually that’s solely once we’re on the grid.

 Chantel George was one of the many pit girls at the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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Chantel George was one among the many pit women at the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

"Once I final did it I received the probability to be Kimi Raikkonen’s grid girl, which was actually cool."

At the 2014 British Grand Prix, Chantel was in a star-studded firm with the likes of Jude Regulation, Prince Harry and Naomi Campbell in attendance.

She advised us: "Earlier than the race began Prince Harry got here and greeted the drivers together with Naomi Campbell.

"He didn’t speak to me, and I solely had a passing meeting with Naomi.

 Chantel George says that grid girling wasn't as glamorous as it looks

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Chantel George says that grid girling wasn't as glamorous because it seems to be

"She was, fairly surprisingly, a really massive F1 fan although."

Chantel additionally combined with the world's main drivers, and she confessed to being in awe of Lewis Hamilton.

She stated: "I used to be completely starstruck. I obtained to be simply meters away from the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and others.

"Most individuals by no means get that chance and I acquired paid for doing it."

The world of being a pit girl might look glamorous, however Chantel downplayed the glitz of the job.

She revealed: "It was utterly skilled. You’re educated on strolling and learn how to be on the grid throughout the day.

 Chantel George believes that they're should be grid men

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Chantel George believes that they're ought to be grid males

"So, the solely time we noticed the drivers was once we have been on the grid and they have been being interviewed or sitting of their automobiles.

"It's not as glamorous as individuals assume. It’s enjoyable, but in addition very arduous work."

The FIA introduced that from the 2018 racing season, F1 gained't be utilizing pit women ever once more.

Chantel believes that's a travesty as a result of they add a lot essential glamour to proceedings.

She informed us: "It brings glamour and status, I don't assume it's sexist in any respect.

 Stunning Chantel George says she will miss the pay packet being a pit girl

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Beautiful Chantel George says she is going to miss the pay packet being a pit girl

"It makes the footage look higher, it provides the followers one thing good to see earlier than the race, it builds testosterone and pleasure for the race.

"I discovered it an overwhelmingly constructive expertise. At the similar time, we all know we’re there to look good in pictures.

The photographers need to get an excellent shot, however what’s mistaken with that. As a mannequin I adore it.

"And we could seem assured however it’s actually nerve wracking being in entrance of everybody, understanding that each one eyes are on you.

"So that you attempt actually onerous to not make a mistake!"

 Chantel George says grid girls add glamour and prestige to F1

Chantel George says grid women add glamour and status to F1

You'd be forgiven for considering a bevvy of beauties in such an surroundings might encourage jealousy amongst the women.

Chantel stated there was a sisterhood amongst the group, nevertheless all of them do need that podium spot.

"No, there actually wasn’t and rivalry. I made some actually good pals whereas doing the grids, and lots of us nonetheless keep up a correspondence even now.

"Whenever you’re in that work, it’s not likely about competing.

"Though, everybody does need to be chosen to do the podium!"

Spain's La Vuelta biking race introduced final yr they have been going to incorporate males in comparable roles to their hostesses.

 Chantel George says there's a sisterhood among the F1 grid girls

Chantel George says there's a sisterhood amongst the F1 grid women

Chantel believes that F1 ought to comply with go well with to protect the jobs of pit women.

She stated: "I don’t consider there ought to be any restrictions on gender and the grid.

"Formula one has feminine followers too so I feel it’s solely truthful that there must be males and ladies on the grid too.

"I feel will probably be an amazing loss to the sport and the environment shall be very totally different to the way it was.

"The determination method One has made is clearly what they assume is greatest for the sport, and given every part that’s going on proper now it’s hardly shocking.

 Chantel George believes a lot of grid girls will have to go into boxing promotions

Chantel George believes a whole lot of grid women should go into boxing promotions

"I feel it’s unlucky although as I do consider the women on the grid can be missed."

Chantel admitted her pockets might be affected by the F1 ban.

"Grid girling was my major supply of revenue, alongside my research.

"I do now have an internet enterprise that’s going rather well, in order that's one thing I can fall again on.

"I additionally work as a digital assistant, which permits me to journey with my companion."

Chantel is adamant grid women ought to be celebrated and argues their place in motosport must be untouched.

She stated: "I truthfully don’t see the hurt in it. Grid women add to the spectacle of Formula One and assist make it what it’s.

 Chantel George is now a virtual assistant because she loves travelling

Chantel George is now a digital assistant as a result of she loves travelling

"As the pinnacle of motosport, why shouldn’t it even have some glitz and glamour too?

"I’ve truly achieved some ring girling for boxing in the previous.

"It’s an analogous sort of factor, simply not fairly as glamourous.

"I’m positive it’s one thing the different women should look to do now.

"However I do assume it's all gone a bit too PC now. It's an actual disgrace none of us might be in the pits once more."

"I'M simply annoyed as a result of I do know that plenty of my pals in the business will now lose their jobs."