As Formula 1 management breaks with long-held traditions by axing grid girls, this year’s French Grand Prix may be about to inject some much needed nostalgia into the sport.
Organisers are reportedly considering reintroducing both a lap of honour for the winning driver as well as the use of laurel wreaths on the podium.
Both traditions slowly tapered off during the 1980s amid pressure from sponsors and media outlets.
Victory laps cut into post-race driver interview time and the wreaths obscured sponsor logos on the drivers’ suits.
Alain Prost was the last Formula 1 driver to be garlanded with a laurel wreath at the 1985 Italian Grand Prix (pictured above).
France makes a return to the calendar in June after a 10-year absence, with the Circuit Paul Ricard hosting the event for this first time since 1990 before it was staged at Magny-Cours between 1991 and 2008.
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