Formula 1 have announced their intention to replace grid girls with grid kids at every race of the 2018 season and in supporting F2 and F3 races where possible.
After the controversial decision to stop the use of grid girls, Formula 1 and the FIA have announced a new ‘grid kids’ initiative where drivers from local motorsport clubs will be selected on merit or by lottery and will be accompanied on the grid by immediate family members.
“This will be an extraordinary moment for these youngsters: imagine, standing beside their heroes, watch as they prepare to race, the elite of the elite in motorsport, to be there, alongside them in those precious few minutes just before the start,” said F1 managing director Sean Bratches.
“What an unforgettable experience, for them, and their families. An inspiration to keep driving, training and learning so that they can dream of one day being there themselves. What better way to inspire the next generation of Formula 1 heroes.”
FIA president Jean Todt added: “Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motor sport and the dream of every young racer competing the junior series that make up the FIA’s single-seater pyramid, from karting all the way to F1.
“We are therefore delighted to bring that dream a little closer by giving the future champions of our sport the opportunity to stand alongside their heroes on the grid in the build-up to the race start.
“For the wider FIA, this is an excellent initiative that provides additional support to our member ASNs in their efforts to grow motorsport worldwide through a unique reward they can make available to youngsters participating in their national series.”