Liberty "Monaco girls" abolished the long-standing F1 tradition at the beginning of the year after denouncing the practice as "at odds with modern-day societal norms". The grid girls are back - and Lewis Hamilton has welcomed their return of grid girls for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Organisers of the Monte Carlo race are set to defy Formula One's rulers by employing models before Sunday's race. 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 Monaco girls prior to the start of the race.
The grid kids will still be used in Monte Carlo, but the glamorous race also saw the return of grid models. Both "Monaco girls" and male representatives Monaco girls Tag Heuer - the Swiss watchmaker which shares a long-term relationship with the Monaco Grand Prix - will take to the grid in the moments before the race, capturing pictures of drivers, which will be posted to social media, and also relaying messages from the sport's fans.
The models however, will not hold the drivers' grid placards, as had been the sport's long-term practice until this season. And if they are, then we shouldn't do it.
The move by Liberty to scrub grid girls from the F1 calendar back in January received a mix response. Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion, admitted Monaco girls this year that he was saddened by the decision.
Speaking here on Thursday, the year-old German added: They enjoyed what they were doing. I think they Monaco girls beautiful. The bottom line is that there is too much of a fuss nowadays. I'm sure if you ask any grid girl on Sunday if they're happy to stand there, their answer will be yes.