WEC confirms it will not use grid girls in 2015

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The FIA World Endurance Championship has confirmed that it will not be using grid girls in the 2015 season, breaking tradition with a number of other racing series all over the world.

Ordinarily, before the start of each race, grid girls – pictured here at the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix – will hold a number board for the drivers to make their starting slot in a move that looks to add some glamour to proceedings.

However, in an era of greater equality and greater female presence within motorsport, many have labelled the tradition outdated and sexist.

In a move that has already split opinion, the WEC confirmed via its official Twitter account on Friday that grid girls would not be featuring at its races this year.

Series CEO Gerard Neveu had also confirmed to Reuters on Thursday in London that the changes would be made for the forthcoming season.

“From Silverstone next week, you will see that for any race we will do, no grid girls like in the past,” Neveu said.

“For me that is the past. The condition of women is a little bit different now.”

The decision quickly became a hot topic on social media channels, with many taking to Twitter to make their thoughts clear. Although some felt that it was an important step to change attitudes within motorsport, others questioned what the true benefit of the change would be.