Ted Kravitz criticised for controversial comment about girls

Alpine will return to their traditional blue livery at this month's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz has been criticised for a comment he made during the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix, whilst stating a fact about Alpine.

For the final time this season Alpine were running their special pink livery, as part of their deal with title partner BWT.

Alpine used the pink livery in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia, with the team set to use their traditional blue livery from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix onwards.

Kravitz informed Sky Sports F1 viewers that the Enstone-based team would be returning to blue from Baku and that he was disappointed about it due to being a fan of the pink livery, before adding that his daughters also like the pink design.

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Kravitz also commented that “girls love pink cars”, something which has sparked criticism directed at the reporter.

“Come on Ted Kravitz, “girls love pink cars…course they do”, be better than that mate,” wrote comedian Angela Barnes.

It wasn’t the only comment that Kravitz was criticised for in Australia, with the veteran reporter having also been critical of former F1 race director Michael Masi’s appearance in the paddock.

Masi was in the F1 paddock for the first time since the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where his ‘human error’ resulted in Lewis Hamilton losing an unprecedented eighth World Championship.

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His error ultimately cost him his role at the FIA, with Masi having returned to Australia as a result, where he’s now the chairman of the V8 Supercars commission.

It was due to his V8 Supercars role that he was in the F1 paddock, with the series being part of F1’s support-bill at the Albert Park Circuit.

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“Michael Masi, the ex-FIA race director, has been in the paddock for the first time since that fateful day in December 2021. And he’s been saying hello to drivers – he hasn’t been saying hello to Mercedes people,” Kravitz said on his post-session show Ted’s Notebook.

“I don’t really… well, I do want to get into it, you know I do. But I won’t. What’s he doing in Australia? He’s in charge of the V8 Supercars, the Australian Touring Cars now. But what’s he doing coming back into the Formula 1 paddock?

“There are some rumours that Formula 1 want him back because Niels Wittich needs some help on the FIA race direction side. But that’s not going to happen. What’s Michael Masi doing in the paddock?”