F1 to use Grid Kids instead of Grid Girls


Kids will be chosen from karting drivers or promotion drivers from each country’s racing clubs

The role played by Formula 1’s Grid Girls will be taken over by boys and girls from now on. The FIA and Formula 1 management have confirmed this, in an official communiqué in which they say the ‘Grid Kids’ will now “make the pre-race ceremony more relevant and interesting for fans, especially the younger ones.”

The youngsters in question, though, will not be hired or chosen just anyhow. They will be chosen by their motorsport clubs either on merit or by means of a draw, but will have to have taken part in either karting competitions or junior formulas. “The lucky few will then be able to accompany and stand alongside the 20 best drivers in the world on the grid as they prepare for the races”, they explain. As well as this, they will be on the grids of the major feeder series like that accompany Formula 1, such as F2 and GP3.

This is not a new idea in motorsports. In Formula E, the competition for electrical cars, they have already used ‘Grid Kids’ in the Marrakesh race, an idea that Lucas Di Grassi (a former F1 driver, currently competing in Formula E) proposed, which presaged the end of the use of Grid Girls.