‘Grid kids’ to replace controversial grid girls in Formula One

Adam Weller
File photo dated 21/6/2009 of the grid before The Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Outspoken Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has signalled support for Formula One bosses banning "grid girls" because he believes women should be treated with respect.
File photo dated 21/6/2009 of the grid before The Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Outspoken Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has signalled support for Formula One bosses banning "grid girls" because he believes women should be treated with respect.

Young racing drivers will be given the opportunity to take in the atmosphere of the Formula One grid thanks to a new initiative from F1 Group and the sport's governing body, the FIA.

'Grid kids' will replace female promotional models during the pre-race ceremonies from the start of the this season, after an earlier decision to cease using the models commonly referred to as 'grid girls'. According to F1's director of commercial operation, Sean Bratches, the continued use of grid girls "does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".