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20th of February 2018


Valtteri Bottas says F1 grid kids allow youngsters chance to realize their dreams

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A German Grand Prix boss says he is not opposed to the idea of grid kids.

Controversially, new F1 owner Liberty Media has banned grid girls from Formula 1 races, replacing them with children for 2018.

"We were informed in advance that a change is planned," Jorn Teske, marketing boss at Hockenheim, site of the F1 German GP, told Bild newspaper. "We do not know the details of the implementation yet. Even though grid girls would still be very welcomed by us, the idea of grid kids has merit, as well. Formula 1 needs a new, younger audience and if grid kids helps with that, that's a nice idea."

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas agrees.

"Generally speaking, grid girls have been part of motorsport, but in the future they will no longer be at the F1 races," Bottas told Finnish media outlet Ilta Sanomat newspaper. "Over the years there were some races where we did not have them already.

"The positive side is that many children's dreams can now be realized with access to the grid with the drivers. I think that's really cool."

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