FORMULA One has introduced “grid youngsters” will hold drivers’ numbers this season after officers scrapped using feminine fashions.
Mascots shall be picked from rivals already in the junior classes of motor racing.
Bosses claimed the expertise shall be “unforgettable” for these chosen. F1 chief Sean Bratches stated: “Think about, standing beside their heroes, watch as they put together to race, and to be there, alongside them, in these valuable jiffy earlier than the beginning.”
F1’s governing physique the FIA additionally backed the transfer regardless of the game remaining dominated by grownup sponsors, together with power drinks, alcohol and automobiles.
President Jean Todt stated: “We’re delighted to give the longer term champions the chance to stand alongside their heroes on the grid.”
The scheme is about to launch in Melbourne, Australia, subsequent month.
It comes after the game’s new house owners, Liberty Media, determined to do away with Grid Girls because it didn’t go well with their “model values”.
Fan Jennie Gow tweeted: “Grid Youngsters it’s then . . . what a cool alternative. #F1”
However ex-grid woman Jo Polley tweeted: “Doh! We made an enormous PR gaffe — how can we repair it fast? Youngsters in fact. By no means thoughts the very fact youngsters aren’t allowed in the pitlane or on a circuit as a result of it’s harmful.”