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I don’t understand why people are going after women who choose to do it as a job. They get paid to do it, they aren’t forced, basically putting women out of a job. The way the media and social media are hailing this as progress, yet all they’ve done is prevented these women from having a job they enjoy.
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Looks to be following what the darts have done after they also decided to no longer have the girls walking on before the players.

They call it progress but it's just pandering to the crowd of morons that get offended about everything when it doesn't even involve them. All it's done is put F1 in more bad light and has now left these girls without a job that they enjoyed. Yay for progress. :|

I'm almost loathe to say it but I actually miss Bernie already. Liberty are changing things that don't need changing and I can only see it getting worse from here. I'm personally almost at the point where I won't be sad if this is my last season to watch on C4.
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So heres the official lineup for the 2018 season

8Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 TeamHaasFerrari
20Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 TeamHaasFerrari
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren F1 TeamMcLarenRenault
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren F1 TeamMcLarenRenault
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes-AMG Petronas MotorsportMercedesMercedes
77Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG Petronas MotorsportMercedesMercedes
3Daniel RicciardoAston Martin Red Bull RacingRed Bull RacingRenault
33Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull RacingRed Bull RacingRenault
27Nicolas HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One TeamRenaultRenault
55Carlos Sainz JrRenault Sport Formula One TeamRenaultRenault
11Sergio PerezSahara Force India F1 TeamForce IndiaMercedes
31Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 TeamForce IndiaMercedes
9Marcus EricssonAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 TeamSauberFerrari
16Charles LeclercAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 TeamSauberFerrari
5Sebastien VettelScuderia FerrariFerrariFerrari
7Kimi RaikkonenScuderia FerrariFerrariFerrari
10Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso HondaScuderia Toro RossoHonda
28Brendon HartleyRed Bull Toro Rosso HondaScuderia Toro RossoHonda
18Lance StrollWilliams Martini RacingWilliamsMercedes
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams Martini RacingWilliamsMercedes
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I'm eager to see what McLaren can do with that Renault engine this year. The chassis is brilliant so they might fight for top 5 spots. Williams looks like they have a lack of driver capability, we will have to wait to see how that turns out. Glad to see the same line up for Force India. I hope that Ocon can beat Perez this year. Above all I want to see the fall of Mercedes at the hands of Ferrari.
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I can see why they took the decision to get rid of the grid girls, it's the pressure from all the offendotrons, but at the same time, I really think it's up to the girls themselves to decide what they want to do. No one's forcing them to do it. If you're a model and want to be a grid girl, why not? For some, being a grid girl might be a personal career highlight, you never know! Also, apparently the pay is f*cking incredible as an F1 grid girl. Yes, they have to work 4 long hard days with a fair bit of standing around in the cold, but apparently 4 days of F1 grid girl work pays about the same as a couple of months of normal work. Some people would love that.

I just think people are so damn easily offended these days. Who cares if you see a pretty woman standing with a grid board at the start of a race? It's not like they're even wearing skimpy outfits these days, they're usually quite beautiful long dresses. It's really not sexualised these days.

But now they have decided to get rid of them, I really hope they get kids from go karting to go on the grid. Imagine being a youngster in karting, standing in front of your hero's car! It would be incredible. Same for after the race where they usually have the grid girls applauding the drivers on the way to the cool down room. Have a load of kids there instead, that would be so heartwarming!
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Kids on the grid is a huge OH&S hazard. Which means it'll never happen.
I can see where you are coming from. It would be too easy for Verstappen to bribe the kids to mess with Riccardo's and the Ferrari cars. (joke) :D
I was expecting that to be a Verstappen too easy to get mistaken for one of the kids joke ;)
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"YAY KIDS, NOBODY CAN SHIT ON US FOR USING KIDS"

Although if we're using the same reasoning for grid kids we used for grid girls, we're essentially setting kids up to get Jimmy Savile'd, now that's what Liberty is all about.
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Well, my girlfriend and I are both turning 21 this year, and her favourite place in the world is Monaco and the south of France, so both our parents are treating us to a romantic week away, which just so happens to fall on the last week of May when F1 is in town...!

We're going to sit in the grandstand right opposite the swimming pool, the big one that sits in the harbour. It means we get a view of the two chicanes, and about a third of the pit lane (albeit at a distance, I'll probably need binoculars). I looked at videos on YouTube of the grandstands, and while the Tabac grandstand does have amazing views, they are only at certain points, and it's not guaranteed we'll get them, and we may end up seeing the cars for just a couple of seconds when they appear from behind the yachts. With the harbour grandstand you're guaranteed a good view wherever you sit. You're a bit further away from the cars, but I'd rather be a bit further back and have a longer view of them, than be closer but for just a couple of seconds.

They did offer to get us Sunday race tickets, but the prices for that are utterly ridiculous, so I've insisted that we go on the Saturday for qualifying, not the race. Of course, I'd love to go for the race day, but it would literally cost an extra £600 for the grandstand we've chosen, and they're spending enough on us as it is, I'm so grateful whatever the day.

So yeah, we're going on the Saturday, which is amazing because we get to see Formula Renault, F1 practice and qualifying, and the F2 sprint race!

I've been one jammy bastard the last year or so, I don't deserve it!
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Sky's coverage has got better since Herbert's appearances became more scarce. Crofty can get annoying, and Rachel Brookes has the personality of a Ryvita, but on the whole I think it's pretty good. Brundle and Davidson are absolute gems, and Kravitz and Lazenby aren't bad either.

I just wish for a merger between the C4 and Sky teams.

Lazenby, Coulthard, Edwards, Brundle, Kravitz, Chandhok, Davidson, Wolff and McKensie. Perfect line up.
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Brundle and Davidson are the only F1 minds on TV that I actually like to sit down and listen to. Ben Edwards is tolerable. Other than that I don't have much love for any of them. 

Crofty, Kravitz and Herbert are all clowns who have been in jobs for way too long. 

Lazenby and Wolff are a whole lot of nothing. 

Coulthard is neither here nor there for me. I see a lot of fans raving about him but I don't personally understand why. 

And Chandhok might just be my worse F1 TV personality of all time. The guy is also labelled as the "technical expert" on Channel 4's coverage. Are you freaking kidding me?!
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We were treated to some really good races in 2017 for Formula 1 (Better then 2014 and 2015). They should be making it easier for the cars to follow though. I think it was back in 70s and 80s were the teams used ground effects so the tops of the cars could be streamlined. You still get grip in the corners and fly down the straights. Also for the rule change in 2021 I think they should just get rid of all the Hybrid Tech and go back to a high revving, high power output naturally aspirated V10 or V8. That would make things a little more simple and also, give the teams at least 6 engines so they don't have to hold back to preserve them.
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