Last week, Formula 1 announced it would no longer use grid girls this season after several decades of them in the sport. It didn’t take them long to find a replacement.

For the 2018 season, F1 has ditched the women that had been a staple of the sport for so long and instead will have children on the grid, according to

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In what’s being called the Grid Kid Initiative, kids will be selected by local motorsport clubs on merit or by lottery, and they will join the drivers on the grid for every grand prix.

“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,” F1 managing director Sean Bratches said.

“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,” Bratches added.

The grid kids will be joined by their immediate families for each F1 race as well as F2 and GP3 races where possible.

Racing series found the perfect replacement for grid girls Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images
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