- Sep 26, 2010
As the season opener for this years WEC nears ever closer the series have announced that grid girls, at least on the WEC grid, are now a thing of the past
Having been a staple in pretty much every racing series you can name for decades, grid girls will not be part of the WEC circus when the series arrives at Silverstone in a little under two weeks time.
Gerard Neveu, the WEC chief executive, revealed the news stating that 'from Silverstone next week, you will see that for any race we will do - no grid girls like in the past', adding that 'for (him) that is the past. The condition of women is a little bit different now.'
Anthony Davidson, who will start his title defense on home soil in his Toyota TS040 alongisde Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, agreed with the move. Davidson said that 'it's old school to have such a concept as grid girls. Surely the world's moved on? And motor racing should follow quite closely what the rest of the world's doing in that respect.'
Instead of lining the cars up in grid formation they will instead be lined up in an old-fashioned 'Le Mans start' formation, with Neveu confirming that cars would line up diagonally opposite the pitwall and grandstand before starting the formation lap.