Lewis Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel back return of 'beautiful' grid girls

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2018

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are both open to competing in Formula One on the same team in the future amid speculation regarding their respective futures at Mercedes and Ferrari.

The world champion, who has a 17-point lead over Vettel after five races, made a few errors that compromised his overall lap time.

First practice at Monaco is rarely a reliable indication of who will be quick over the weekend, but it does give an impression of who has the most confidence in their auto from the get go.

"We definitely learnt a lot from a year ago and we're confident with our preparation, it's definitely been better than ever before", the reigning world champion said.

"The vehicle will be a little lazier, with potentially a little more understeer than a shorter wheelbase auto", he said.

"If the other cars' wheelbase is 3200mm and Mercedes' is 3400mm, and the underfloor surface is 50% of the wheelbase, that would give us an extra 100mm of underfloor length". So we have got some things to work on, but we're not completely in the dark; we're in a much better place than we were past year.

"I definitely don't think we should ever be supporting or pushing these women in general to feel uncomfortable".

"We are coming here because we want to win, not because we must win". The issue remains divisive among drivers, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel saying he believed dispensing with "grid girls" had been unnecessary. "I am really happy to be where I am". "I don't think there's anybody that forces them to do it", the four-time world champion added. "And if they are, then we shouldn't do it", Hamilton added on Wednesday.

It was Red Bull, though, who dominated the day, with both Ricciardo and Verstappen immediately getting to grips with the demanding track.

Red Bull will hope it is still fighting for the spoils at the top of the order come Saturday's qualifying session, but it will be wary of a significant improvement from its two nearest rivals.

Ricciardo famously lost victory in Monaco in 2016 when he was leading comfortably only for his team to fail to have his tyres ready at a pit stop, handing the lead to Hamilton.

And according to autosport.com, former race designer Anderson thinks the Monaco track is so tricky that even the slightest tweak will prove beneficial come lights out. It's not going to happen without me putting the effort in. "Maybe some circumstances will help me out but for sure I've still got to be prepared to put the effort in".

A Formula One spokesman dismissed reports suggesting the models were being brought back under another guise by Monaco organisers and in defiance of an earlier edict from the sport's bosses.

There was only 0.5secs between Hulkenberg in seventh and Sauber's Charles Leclerc in 17th.

And Vettel appeared unfazed by the episode when questioned after second practice.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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