F1: Russia Wants the Grid Girls Back

  • F1: Russia Wants the Grid Girls Back

F1: Russia Wants the Grid Girls Back

And Kozak may find an ally in the Automobile Club de Monaco, after its president Michel Boeri confirmed they were also looking to reverse the decision for next month's prestigious Monaco GP.

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

The announcement contradicts F1 parent company Liberty Media Corp.'s announcement January that it would abolish the practice of using young female hostesses dressed in uniform to hold up driver numbers or stand by the podium during F1 events.

The Monaco and Russian Grands Prix have indicated they will defy F1's decision not to use "grid girls" at races.

They were meant to be instead replaced by "grid kids" at all 21 of the season's grand prix. "While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".

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

Dmitry Kozak, the Russian deputy prime minister who is chairman of the organising committee for the race in Sochi in September, said: "Of course it's not right to bring out children, who are afraid of machines". Our hostesses complete model and PR schools. "The cameras will be on them".

"It's wrong at races to lead out children, who are frightened of mechanical things. And they are paid for it". "You need grownups. In all kinds of motorsport, girls advertise the cars and it looks harmonious and pretty". Many are unlikely to be taken up.