The Monaco Grand Prix organisers have confirmed grid girls will appear at this year’s race in defiance of Formula One Management’s plan to replace them.
FOM announced before the 2018 F1 season began that grid girls would be replaced by the new Future Stars initiative, where aspiring young racing drivers take part in the grid ceremony (pictured).
However Automobile Club de Monaco president Michel Boeri told Nice-Matin grid girls will continue to appear at its race. Boeri, who is also the president of the FIA’s Senate and a vice-president of the World Motor Sport Council, said the ACM had raised its objections over the removal of grid girls with Liberty Media.
Monaco previously used both grid girls and grid boys during the 2015 race weekend.
The Russian Grand Prix could follow Monaco’s lead in retaining grid girls for 2018. Deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak told news agency Interfax it is trying to “reach an agreement” to have them on the grid for its race in September.
“Our girls are the most beautiful,” added Kozak, who also criticised the Future Stars initiative. “It’s wrong at races to lead out children, who are frightened of mechanical things,” he said. “You need grown-ups.”
“In all kinds of motorsport, girls advertise the cars and it looks harmonious and pretty.”
The FIA F1 Future Stars initiative features children aged between seven and 10 who are selected by the local motorsports club and race promoter. They are invited to take part in the pre-race ceremony with the drivers before watching the grand prix.
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