Russian Federation join Monaco in grid girl crusade

Steve Phelps
April 8, 2018

But, Dmitry Kozak - head of the Russian Grand Prix organising committee - said the gird girls could make a triumphant return for the September 30 Sochi Grand Prix.

According to Russian news agency Interfax, the deputy Prime Minister boasted: 'Moreover, our girls are the most attractive'.

"They'll be there on the grid, but they won't be holding any name boards", Boeri is quoted as telling Matin when asked about the grid girls.

According to USA Today, Russian Grand Prix organizer Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak told a Russian news service "If we can reach an agreement we will revive this tradition". There should be adults.

"Girls advertise automobiles in all motorsports - it looks attractive and fitting". Except for the grid girls issue.

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Lewis Hamilton is clearly not a fan of Formula One's decision to axe "grid girls" - as confirmed by a now-deleted Instagram post.

Their role has since been given to "grid kids" scheme, young drivers from local motorsport clubs.

F1's new USA owners Liberty Media said in January the practice of using grid girls - paid models in uniform - wasn't "appropriate or relevant" anymore.

"They're pretty, and the cameras will be on them once again". The Grid Girls are here to stay in Monaco. Our hostesses complete model and PR schools. "And they are paid for it". The backlash from drivers, race teams, and internet users before the official decision was enough to dispel any illusions I had, with grown men bemoaning the loss of their "eye candy" if the female models got taken off of the track.

Former long-time F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone also said he could not understand how the girls could offend someone, saying they did "nothing harmful".

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