Sebastian Vettel disagrees with phasing out of ‘grid girls’ in Monaco

• Romain Grosjean says decision ‘was a good thing for women’
• Formula One Management says women will still be seen on grid

Formula One Management insists there will no ‘grid girls’ at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, despite reports they were to make a return at the behest of the race organisers, Automobile Club de Monaco.

F1 denies there was any conflict with Monaco and says that, while women will be seen on the grid, they are part of a promotional arrangement that had been discussed over time and agreed upon amicably. FOM said they could not be construed as ‘grid girls’ and that they would not be holding board numbers nor standing in front of cars. The issue remains divisive among drivers, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel saying he believed dispensing with ‘grid girls’ had been unnecessary.

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