Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez backs grid girls verdict (but doesn't oppose F1 races in Dubai and Abu Dubai)

Miriam Gonzalez refused to comment on the ethics of Formula 1 operating in Dubai

Miriam Gonzalez refused to comment on the ethics of Formula 1 operating in Dubai

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Campaigner Miriam Gonzalez has told talkRADIO she supports Formula 1's ban on grid girls - but doesn't oppose the decision to hold races in countries where women's rights are an afterthought.

Gonzalez, who is married to former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is an active advocate of the Inspiring Girls campaign, and told James Whale and Ash that grid girls portray an "old-fashioned" view of society.

She added it is a "perfectly sensible business decision" and, while she believes women should have the freedom to do what they want, it is right that F1 should "try to reflect more modern society."

However she refused to agree with James when he said that, if F1 was truly concerned about women, it would ban races in countries such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi "who treat women appallingly."

"I have no idea," she responded. "You and I may agree with the policies and cultural norms [of those countries] are not."

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