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German GP boss says grid kids 'a nice idea'

Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Singapore GP 2017. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Singapore GP 2017. Valtteri Bottas

Feb.12 - A German grand prix boss says he is not opposed to the 'grid kids' idea.

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

"We were informed in advance that a change is planned," Jorn Teske, marketing boss at Hockenheim, 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 one needs a new, younger audience and if grid kids helps with that, that's a nice idea," he added.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas agrees.

"Generally speaking, grid girls have been part of motor sport but in the future they will no longer be at the F1 races," he told 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 realised with access to the grid with the drivers. I think that's really cool," the Mercedes driver added.

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One thought on “German GP boss says grid kids 'a nice idea'

  1. F1John

    Liberty are reacting rather than being proactive. Firstly to the "Weinstein" effect, by banning the Pit Girls.
    Not anticipating the adverse response, they try to deflate the critism by announcing the introduction of Grid Kids. If they were proactive they would have announced both together.
    Seat of the pants management will destroy F1 & open the door for Formula E to become the premium series.

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