Anyone with a car-mad-kid will tell you, this is a sport they could watch time and again. With cars zooming around the track, the roar of the engines and flags waving in the fume-filled air, it’s the most exciting racing event known to man, woman and child!
A few years ago, the F1 team decided to go one step further and introduce 'Grid Kids' recently changed to 'Future Stars'.
Chosen by each Grand Prix’s national sporting authority, 20 young racing drivers and karters are invited to stand alongside their racing heroes ahead of each race. Or, virtually, as we find ourselves in the new world order.
Virtually or in person, it’s a touching way to bring the current and future heroes of the sport together.
The Time is Now
Silverstone was the first UK event to see Grid Kids, which were introduced to the Melbourne GP in March.
Speaking of the progressive move, Formula One commercial chief Sean Bratches, said: "This will be an extraordinary moment for these youngsters: imagine, standing beside their heroes, watch as they prepare to race, the elite of the elite in motorsport, to be there, alongside them in those precious few minutes just before the start."
The sentiment was echoed by FIA president Jean Todt who added: "Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motor sport and the dream of every young racer competing the junior series that make up the FIA's single-seater pyramid, from karting all the way to F1.
"We are therefore delighted to bring that dream a little closer by giving the future champions of our sport the opportunity to stand alongside their heroes on the grid in the build-up to the race start."
F1 is a great sport and it's great to see them taking this family-friendly approach.
For kids that love cars, check out the Munchy Play Vroom-Vroom children’s plate with its built-in racetrack!