Sunday 22 April 2018

Formula One to replace grid girls with 'grid kids'

Formula One has announced that grid kids will replace grid girls from the start of the 2018 season. See PA story AUTO Grid. Photo credit should read Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Formula One has announced that grid kids will replace grid girls from the start of the 2018 season. See PA story AUTO Grid. Photo credit should read Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Philip Duncan

Formula One has announced "grid kids" will be used this season after the sport controversially abolished its long-standing association with grid girls.

F1's American owners Liberty Media denounced the long-standing practice of using female models before grands prix as "at odds with modern-day societal norms".

The grid kids scheme, which will come into effect at F1's season-opening race in Melbourne next month, will be formed of competitors already in the junior categories of motor racing.

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