Back in 2009 a MARTINI billboard featuring model Jessiqa Pace was banned from the Monaco Grand Prix after it was deemed too distracting for F1 drivers.

The infamous track-side billboard caused mayhem during qualifying that year as Lewis Hamilton spun out just metres from the poster located close to the tricky Loews Hairpin.

Remembering the poster, Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa said: “Every time you passed into that corner you had this woman looking at you. It was just a picture, but it was impossible not to look.”

While at the time, the 2009 Grand Prix winner, Jenson Button, added: “Every time you passed her, it was as though she was looking right at you.”

However in an act of nostalgia the famous track-side billboard is celebrating its return to the classic street circuit.

Although all images of model and race-car driver Pace are being kept safely out of the eye-line of F1 drivers.

Caroline Hipperson, Global Brand VP for MARTINI said: “This year marks MARTINI’s return to Monaco since the historic incident.

“Although our advertising has moved on quite a bit since then, bringing the original art work back is a nod to our relationship with the sport while reminding fans of the fun, glamour and pure joy of racing.

“Of course a few more women race drivers wouldn’t hurt either.”

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