Grid girls will return to Formula 1 for the first time this season at the Monaco Grand Prix in defiance of a recent decision by the sport’s owner Liberty Media to drop the “outdated” tradition.
Liberty replaced ‘grid girls’ with ‘grid kids’ in order to modernise itself and whilst the kids will still get their chance ahead of Sunday’s race, Monaco organisers insist they will be accompanied by both female and male models under race sponsor TAG Heuer.
The decision has been welcomed by both team bosses and drivers. Niki Lauda must be happy about this decision.”I’m not disappointed to have the grid girls back, I think that at the end of the day it’s up to the track also to decide if they want to put grid girls on the grid. I think it’s a good move.” commented Sauber team boss Fred Vasseur.
Current championship leader Lewis Hamilton noted that as long as the girls enjoy doing it and aren’t forced to do anything they don’t want to do, then he sees no issue with them making a return this weekend.