Formula One, it’s a bit of old mans club really isn’t it? I mean, let’s be honest, it’s run by a bunch of old men in tweed jackets who like watch a load of expensive cars race and then talk shop over a brandy and cigar in the paddock club afterwards. And to a degree, this perception is true, or at least it certainly was not too long ago. But Formula One is definitely changing. As the sport enters new markets, as the old chiefs make way for the new, F1 is being thrust once again into the limelight. And if the sport is to remain in the headlines, it can’t have brolly-dollies on the grid with no sign of their male counterparts. Formula One it seems, is about to get grid boys.
The Australian Grand Prix, marking the start of the 2008 Formula One season in March, will the first race in the series to have male and female, erm, grid slot indicators?. To be honest I don’t really know what they’re called or even meant to do, so for now, they’ll be known has GSIs. The idea behind using both ladies and gentlemen is part of encouraging the wider appeal of the sport, particularly as it seems to be increasing in popularity among the fairer sex.
What’s more, the Australian race promoters are scouring the Melbourne suburbs for the 26 individuals who will be present on the grid for the Grand Prix, encouraging would-be GSIs by suggesting that many previous have gone on to have successful careers in modelling and acting, apparently. The event organisers are holding a casting session at Melbourne’s Fusion at Crown this Thursday at Midday.
Eddie Irvine once said he would often talk to his brolly-dolly. I wonder if he would have done so had they been male…?