Girls allowed: Monaco wants grid girls back at 2018 F1 race

Girls allowed: Monaco wants grid girls back at 2018 F1 race
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The boss of the Monaco Grand Prix is planning to reverse Formula One's recent modernisation of some traditions by retaining 'grid girls' at the glamorous Mediterranean race weekend in May.

The sport announced it was replacing 'gird girls' with 'grid kids' before the start of the 2018 season in a move that was well received despite misgivings from older traditionalists.

The new 'grid kids' who accompanied the F1 drivers on the grid were karting and junior racing drivers at last month's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

But the chief organizer of this year's Monaco race to take place on May 27 has insisted on retaining the grid girls.

President of the Automobile Club de Monaco Michel Boeri told Monaco Matin newspaper that he had a good relationship with F1's new American owners Liberty Media.

"They understand that Monaco is not Spa, or Monza," he said. "We've had no problems with Liberty Media. Except for the grid girls issue.

"They'll be there on the grid, but they won't be holding any name-boards. They're pretty - and the cameras will be on them once again."

Russian news agency Interfax has reported that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi in September may also feature the use of grid girls.

It reported that deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak supported the tradition, adding that it will continue 'if we can reach and agreement….Moreover, our girls are the most beautiful."

Goodbye, Formula One grid girls

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    Formula One said that the practice of having grid girls before races was "clearly at odds with modern-day societal norms" and had to be stopped.

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    In the six years of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, the Singtel Grid Girls became a permanent fixture at the world's only night race.

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    Each year, they were selected through a reality programme to bring fun and glamour to the races with their stylish looks and sporty personalities.

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    The practice continued even when Singapore Airlines took over as title sponsor in 2014. That year, 50 kebaya-clad Singapore Girls were handpicked to line up at the starting grid on race day.

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    Grid girls on standby ahead of the 2017 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

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    Grid girls walk in the paddock area, at the 2017 Formula One Russian Grand Prix

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    Grid girls pose before the Indian first Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida

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    Grid girls during the 2017 Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix

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