GQ Hype. Formula One drivers were once the undisputed playboys of the sporting world, with off-track exploits to rival anything they did behind the wheel. On the eve of the new Formula One season, racing fans would be forgiven for thinking the sport is not quite as exciting as it was in the good old bad days. But is that really the case? As a paddock insider for the past 15 years, allow me to dish the dirt on the men who live at mph.
F1 drivers behaving badly
Grid girls - the spice of Formula 1
First it was darts, now Formula One has become the latest sport to announce that it will stop using grid girls at their events. Boxing, however, will not be following suit and we will continue to see ring card girls at boxing events. First things first, how are we defining grid girls? They are the usually young women who stand on podiums or hold score cards while more often than not wearing reasonably little. That said, the decision to do away with grid girls in these particularly male-dominated sports is significant. Men drive the cars, women present awards, look nice and stand around the winners, almost as prizes in their own right. Grid girls have both been used to promote the sport and as a representation of what might be available to any male competitor who succeeds at it.
Formula One demigod Lewis Hamilton is hugely popular on Instagram. His But his timeline is also populated with images of Hamilton doing fit-person things: playing golf, surfing, hiking, doing yoga, lifting weights.
Women have been racing from the very start of the sport. Junek finished fourth on the Targa Florio and won her class in the German Grand Prix, a sports car race that year, in Mechanical trouble meant she finished fifth.