LONDON, England – The new owners of Formula 1 racing who recently announced (another) end to the presence of beautiful young women, each allotted to be alongside one of the race cars on the start grid, have instead announced the arrival of ‘Grid Kids’.
The ‘kids’ will be aspiring young race drivers described by F1’s organisers as intended to “make the pre-race ceremony more relevant and interesting for fans, especially the younger ones”.
The ‘kids’ (how many readers think that’s a demeaning description of what could well be teenagers – Ed) , Reuters reports, will be chosen on merit, or by lottery, by the host nation’s national motorsport clubs from Kart or Junior car series.
The sport said “Grid Kids” would be chosen for every GP and, where possible, from the major feeder series. They will be accompanied by their immediate family who will have paddock access on Sunday.
The first race of the 2018 Formula 1 season will be in Australia on March 25.