150 females at British GP…not one of them in spandex

Almost 150 female marshals and officials were working behind-the-scenes at this weekend’s F1 British Grand Prix, helping to ensure the safe and successful running of UK motor sport’s headline event at Silverstone.

Their roles range from Trackside Flag and Incident Marshals to Technical Scrutineers and the fast response Medical Extraction Unit.

The MSA celebrated their invaluable contribution with a special photo call on the track at the conclusion of Friday’s on-track action.

FIA F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting and Deputy Race Director Herbie Blash joined the volunteers gathered on the grid in a show of support by the world governing body.

Herbie Blash said:

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who give up their time for the sport. It’s great to see so many women coming into all areas of the sport in the UK, and in particular the passion and dedication shown by the volunteers is fantastic. We really hope that this example can be followed worldwide, so that more women are encouraged to get involved not just in Britain but across the globe.”

The MSA recently teamed up with former racer Susie Wolff to launch Dare To Be Different – a campaign to inspire, connect and celebrate women in all areas of motor sport.

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Great headline. As a (relatively young? 31.) male motorsport fan we need to stop the “grid girls” thing. Don’t make a big fan fair about it, don’t make a hash tag, just quietly stop. It really is just straight up objectification for objectification sake. I understand it was cool in the old days but we have moved past it. I cringe when watching coverage and the camera zooms in on 90lb blondes in spandex.