In the round-up: Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley give their views on Formula One Management’s decision to replace grid girls with grid kids.
Speaking before last week’s race Perez said he was disappointed by the change:
Yeah that’s a bit of a shame really. I think that was some identity that Formula One had, all the history. But let’s see what other ideas they bring.
Brendon Hartley was also asked for his view on grid girls being replaced and his thoughts on the Halo:
Halo is definitely not very pleasing on the eyes but inside the car we don’t see it at all, it’s completely invisible. And we know why it’s there, it’s for safety. Already now it’s starting to become more normal. I think any time there’s a rule change in Formula One it takes a while for the fans and everybody to get used to it.
In terms of grid girls I don’t know what I should comment. I just got married, they were also invisible for me, let’s say, like the Halo.
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Rich Energy chief: 'I fell into the drinks business after meeting a mad scientist' (The Telegraph - registration required)
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Formula One's big fan-based data project (ESPN)
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