Formula 1 will "continue to have pretty girls at races" despite its decision to stop using 'grid girls' for the 2018 season, according to series CEO and chairman Chase Carey.

F1 announced last week it would no longer feature grid girls as part of its pre-race routine, instead introducing 'grid kids' that would be used to denote each driver's starting position before grands prix.

The decision divided opinion through the motorsport world, but Carey revealed to the Daily Telegraph that while he personally liked having grid girls ahead of races, the call was made with the fans in mind.

"I think the reaction has been what we expected. Unsurprisingly, many long-term fans view it as part of the sport they grew up with and I respect that," Carey said.

“If you just left it up to me, personally, I like the grid girls. But it’s not a decision for me, it’s a decision for fans.

"I recognise that many of the grid girls were proud to do it and I think that’s great, and again, if you left it to me, I liked it.

"And I think what we found is that a number of people anecdotally raised the issue, and as I went around what I found was there was a meaningful segment that found it.

"I don’t know whether offensive is too strong, but [they] found it exploitative or did not find it appropriate for the world we live in today."

F1's announcement only made mention of grid girls and not models used for other promotional activities in the paddock, with Carey confirming there would still be some kind of presence at races.

"We’re going to maintain glamour. We’re going to continue to have pretty girls at races," Carey said.

"I think it’s part of life, and it’s a part of what makes our sport special.

“It is a sport of glamour and of mystique. But I think you have to continue to evolve.

"In today’s world, there are obviously different sensitivities to 10 or 12 years ago. I don’t think you can just be stubborn."

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For all the Brits, this is like a scene from Yes Minister ,where they agree to definitely ban grid girls as its exploitative and not appropriate, but still allow pretty girls as they only mentioned grid girls and not models – quite cunning Sir Humphrey

Shall we keep Grid Girls:

Casey Carey - "I don’t know whether offensive is too strong, but [they] found it exploitative or did not find it appropriate for the world we live in today. In today’s world, there are obviously different sensitivities to 10 or 12 years ago. I don’t think you can just be stubborn."

Shall we still keep pretty girls:

"We’re going to maintain glamour. We’re going to continue to have pretty girls at races," Carey said

A wonderful oxymoron in these statements and god help the F1 technical regs if something as simple as this cant get a clear decision, regardless of your personal view.

I want to know where all these fans who said to get rid of the grid girls are! I've read the complete opposite. Clearly, they didn't read the bits where fans say the racing is boring. Sounds like most company management,  ask what you want and do something else.  

He is a tosser and will bring about the end of F1

Judging by the number of comments on topics concerning grid girls compared to the number of comments on everything else, they are the most important part of F1. In an effort to reduce costs, the cars, drivers, and teams will be abolished, and instead there will be a full grid of 24 grid girls who will stand there for two hours while recordings of V10 engines are played. Judging by the responses in here, that should send the sales of tissues through the roof.

Hmm. Seems like a bit of a diversion. While I don't really care about the grid girls one way or the other, I also do not recall ever being asked if I found their presence offensive or not. I suspect Liberty made what they thought to be a politically correct move and now don't like the criticism that accompanies it. And grid kids? Good God, what a terrible idea.

a bit sexist really.  he should have just said that he will have girls at the races.  i wonder why he has to say "pretty " girls?    beauty is in the eyes of the beholder .

WOW, I can't believe a marketing-savvy Carey would even go there!

Rich boys toys on the sundecks of the yachts.  Team guest 'slebs'.  These will bring in revenue AND glamour with out Liberty having to pay them.  Way to go Liberty! 

Will ugly girls be banned now?

The three stooges running the commercial rights of F1 on behalf of LM cannot be trusted in what they say or do because they are not honest in neither what they say nor in what they do (intentions). The operational way they embarked upon will lead LM to be the biggest loser in F1 history.

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