EYE CANDY AND MOTORSPORT: 'Grid girls', like these pictured, will for the first time in the history of Formula 1 be joined by an equal number of 'grid boys' at the Brazilian GP. Image: AFP
Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brazil will debut a world's first this weekend by mixing the traditional 'grid girls' with an equal number of 'grid boys'.
F1 drivers including Sebastian Vettel earlier in 2015 admitted their displeasure that the usual grid girls in Monaco had all been replaced by male models.
It followed the total banning of grid girls at the fabled Le Mans.
On Wednesday (November 11), the new and admittedly "modern" approach taken by organisers of the Brazilian grand prix became clear, when both female and male models rehearsed on the Interlagos grid.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said: "I'm not for democracy, but it's good to have both men and women on the grid."
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In charge of the innovative approach is Marcelo Peixoto, a member of the local race organisation team, who said the idea was to mirror the modern thinking of "the Brazilian people".
"I think it's important that Brazil is also innovating with this change," Peixoto added.