In the round-up: Formula One Management’s head of sponsorship says the role of grid girls in the sport needs to become more “relevant” and “progressive” amid mounting pressure over the practice.
More changes at F1 Fanatic in 2018
@DieterRencken’s first column for F1 Fanatic will be published here later today. As well as giving us the inside line on McLaren’s plans for their first season after splitting from Honda, Dieter will also answer the question many of you asked him on Monday: Why join F1 Fanatic, and why now?
I have several other changes planned for the site over the coming 12 months. Among those is one I expect may prove controversial, as I have decided now is the time to rebrand F1 Fanatic.
This hasn’t been an easy decision but I believe it is the correct one. I appreciate many of you will have some affection for the current name and of course I’m very fond of it too.
But my ambitions for the site today are much greater than when I chose the name 13 years ago. I don’t want risk holding the site back by, out of sentiment, clinging to a name it has outgrown.
This is my thinking behind replacing the current name. Of course there’s much more to tell and I will explain my reasoning for the new name once we’re ready to reveal it, which will be before the season begins.
Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
The grid girl debate clearly isn't going away. It increasingly seems like a tipping point has been reached. This poll from a few years backed showed a majority favoured change:https://t.co/dpIKil5ZZM#F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) January 9, 2018
*whispers* It'll probably be silver… https://t.co/m9tnmCcnSS
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) January 9, 2018
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Carlos Sainz (not junior) in action on the Dakar Rally. He was second-quickest through yesterday’s stage, behind Sebastien Loeb. Their team mate Stephane Peterhansel is leading.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Cameron, Nano Rock, Sams, Ryan-Veitch and Euro Brun!