Russian GP wants to bring back 'grid girls' for race in September


They also announced that these girls would not be coming back, at least not in the foreseeable future.

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 since-deleted post, which showcases, from above, five different women with "grid girls" outfits - skintight jumpsuits with chest-deep necklines - echoed comments made by Monaco organizer Michel Boeri, who said his "only problem" with F1 owner Liberty Media is its plan to replace grid girls with "grid kids," noting that the girls are "beautiful" and "the cameras will be on them".

Boeri told newspaper Monaco-Matin: "The relationship is good with Liberty Media, because they understand that Monaco is not Spa or Monza".

Russian Federation and Monaco appear set to defy orders from Formula One chiefs by bringing back grid girls for their home races. "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".

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"They're handsome, and the cameras will be on them once again". They included F1 grid girl Rebecca Cooper, who vented her anger at the "ridiculous" decision on Twitter.

Here is what Kozak had to say about the matter, according to ESPN.

"If we can reach an agreement we will revive this tradition", Kozak said, as reported by Interfax. Many F1 fans believe the grid girls are a big part of the sport - and the organisers of one of F1's biggest races seem to agree with this viewpoint.

Want your voice heard? In Russia's case, the refusal to give up grid girls comes from the government in Moscow. "They have to present themselves elegantly and represent Monaco". Be sure to tune in to the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 27th at 9:10 am ET.