Despite the recent controversial decision to do away with grid girls at Formula 1 events, on the basis that using the beautiful girls as part of the glitz and glamour of the show was behind the times, it has been reported that the Monaco Grand Prix will continue to sport the grid girls, for at least the 2018 event.
Liberty Media had announced earlier this year that it would be replacing the grid girls with grid kids, a decision that was welcomed by many as bringing the sport into the modern world. However, F1i.com said that the grid girls will be making a one-off return to the Monaco Grand Prix in May.
The event organiser, the Automobile Club de Monaco, has reached an agreement with F1 owners Liberty Media to continue the tradition, according to several reports.
ACM President Michel Boeri said, “We’ve had no problems with Liberty Media, except for the grid girl issue. They’ll be there, on the grid, but won’t be holding any name-boards. They’re pretty and the cameras will be on them once again.”
A grid girls holds driver name-boards on the grid and lining the corridor through which drivers walk on their way to the podium if they finish in the top three. According to reports, some grid girls have said they earned enough money “to support the early years of their modelling careers or their college or university education”.