F1 boss says grid kids 'a nice idea'
Germany - A German grand prix boss says he is not opposed to the 'grid kids' idea.
Controversially, new Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has banned grid girls, replacing them with children for 2018.
Jorn Teske, marketing boss at Hockenheim, told Bild newspaper: "We were informed in advance that a change is planned. 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."
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas agrees.
He told Ilta Sanomat newspaper: "Generally speaking, grid girls have been part of motor sport but in the future they will no longer be at the F1 races. 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.