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Monaco chiefs are set to ignore new F1 rules by using grid girls

 

By Philip Duncan

Monaco Grand Prix organisers will defy Formula One's American owners by employing grid girls before Sunday's race.

Liberty Media removed F1's long-standing tradition of using female models at the beginning of the year after denouncing the practice as "at odds with modern-day societal norms".

Liberty has since rolled out its grid kids scheme, with 20 children already involved in the junior ranks of motorsport lining up in front of the drivers prior to the start of the race.

The grid kids will still be used in Monte Carlo, but the glamorous race is also primed to see the return of grid models.

It is understood female and male representatives of Tag Heuer - which shares a long-term relationship with the Monaco GP - will take to the grid in the moments before the race.

They will capture pictures of the drivers, which will be posted to social media, and also relay messages from the sport's fans.

The models, however, will not hold the drivers' grid placards.

The move to scrub grid girls back in January received a mixed response.

Sebastian Vettel admitted he was saddened by the decision, while Lewis Hamilton published a message to Instagram in which he wrote: "Thank you Jesus" on news of a possible grid girls U-turn, before deleting and then distancing himself from the post.

Jean Todt, president for F1's governing body the FIA, earlier this year blasted the furore as "b*******".

The Russian Grand Prix may follow Monaco's example.

Championship leader Hamilton is 17 points ahead of Vettel in their shoot-out for a fifth world title.

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