Hamilton under fire from Object for champagne spraying a podium girl in China (VIDEO)

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With grid girls a topic of conversation earlier this month and with the FIA World Endurance Championship opting to remove them heading into the 2015 season, it seems interesting that now podium girls are a topic emerging in the wake of last week’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton won the race and did, like nearly any Grand Prix winner would do, spray the champagne on the podium post-race.

At one point he sprayed a podium girl in the face, and that has led to an uproar from Object – a campaign against sexism and “sex object culture” – in the wake of Hamilton’s spraying direction.

“If this if the case we think Lewis Hamilton should apologize for his actions and think carefully about how he behaves in the future. For most people, it would be apparent that she is not enjoying it,” Roz Hardie, Object CEO, told the UK’s Daily Mail.

“It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it. That is something of which he should be aware. But instead, he appears to have abused her position.

“It’s unfortunate that a great victory has been marred by what appears to be selfish and inconsiderate behavior.”

The podium girl, Liu Siying, a 23-year-old Shanghai Institute of Visual Art graduate, actually didn’t mind the spraying.

“It lasted for only one or two seconds, and I did not think too much about it at all,” Liu said, via Sina sport.

Yes, this isn’t the best direction for Hamilton to be spraying the champagne.

However, shouldn’t the question be more regarding the point of podium girls being there to begin with, considering their presence would also mark them as “sex objects?” Food for thought…

Alas, the video above shows the still photos as shown during Yahoo Sports’ Mad Dash. The Hamilton portion runs from the start of the video through the first 44 seconds.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”