They have put an end to champagne on the podiums of Formula 1, changing it for sparkling wine, this being another step that is slowly changing Formula 1 from the way many of us know it.
Ahead of the 18th of July Silverstone British GP, which is actually still to be decided if it will be held with the public or not, many of us will miss those gorgeous pit babes showing before and after the race.
F1 has been going several steps back. In 2018 it was the Pit Girls, now the champagne. But that tradition didn’t disappear from MotoGP, where pit babes are among the paddock before each race. And if nothing changes till August 20, when the British MotoGP will be held, pit babes will be around.
But happened for all this controversy around pit babes?
As has already happened in other motor racing categories, such as Moto GP, part of the fans complained to the organisers to show their disagreement with the role that the pit babes were playing at the Formula 1 circuits.
The origin of the controversy is clear, and it is evident how in the competitions these hostesses are shown as a merely aesthetic product that ‘adorns’ the starting track.
The elimination of pit babes
Liberty Media promised to study the situation and listen to all parties involved before making a decision. After doing so, it has opted for the definitive elimination of the grid girls, also known as pit babes. The choice was not an easy one, and critics have been quick to disagree.
There are many who argue that there were other, less extreme solutions that did not involve sending all these women to the dole. When the controversy erupted, they were the first to raise their voices to beg not to be prevented from doing the work that fed them.
The pit babes’ own opinions
Sandra, a former image hostess that nowadays is a pornstar at GoodPorn, has worked at the Montmeló Motorcycle Grand Prix. She makes this point before expressing her position on the eradication of female grid hostesses.more “Will MotoGP follow the same route as the F1 ban on Pit Babes?”