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‘Grid Kids’ To Replace ‘Grid Girls’ for 2018 F1

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Formula E used so-called grid kids this past weekend in Chile. Formula 1 plans to follow suit for its 2018 season.

Formula One replace ‘grid girls” with “grid kids” for 2018 season, as it continues to try to build a more family-friendly environment for the series and also to attract younger fans.

F1’s new owner Liberty Media, the governing body FIA and Formula One Management polarized fans by announcing the ban of grid girls for this coming season and beyond. They hope the new grid kids’ impression will help grow the sport and promote young racers at the same time.

“Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport 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,” said FIA president Jean Todt. “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.

Many of the grid girls took to social media to blame feminists for taking away their jobs.

“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.”

Sean Bratches, F1 managing director of commercial operations added, “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.

“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.”

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