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Former McLaren team coordinator slams Formula 1 for axing grid girls

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The recent banning of grid girls from Formula One races has been slated as a "discrimination against women" by F1 veteran Jo Ramirez.

Ramirez, who used to be the McLaren team coordinator and was a major part of the F1 in the 80's and 90's, has slammed Liberty Media's recent decision to ban grid girls.

After walk-out girls were banned from the World Darts Federation, Formula One bosses followed up that change by banning grid girls from their sport.

This decision has had a wide spread of mixed opinions by past and present F1 fans, drivers, and people working in the sport, and Jo Ramirez is no different.

"It would have been enough to dress them a little more modestly but in many countries, they were wearing the national costume," Ramirez said.

"This (ban) is a discrimination against women -- tomorrow they will be prohibited from coming into the circuit altogether.

"In my opinion, the grid girls offended no one," Ramirez finished by saying.

After this change, the first race where no grid girls will be present will be the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, which is the start of the well anticipated 2018 season.

The season which starts on March 25 will see Lewis Hamilton try and defend his World Championship and win his fifth Championship of his spectacular career.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

However, like every season, there will be some stiff competition shown from fellow Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, long-term rival Sebastian Vettel, who was his closest competitor from last season and ran him all the way, and maybe even Fernando Alonso.

Not to forget young and upcoming superstar Max Verstappen, who drives for Red Bull and is expected to be Hamilton's main rival this year.

With this Formula One season soon approaching, for the first time in many years, Formula One will be without grid girls.

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Formula 1
Mercedes
McLaren
Ferrari
Felipe Massa
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton

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