'Grid kids' replace 'grid girls' in Formula 1

PARIS (AP) "Grid kids" are replacing "grid girls" in Formula One as the motorsport series makes changes ahead of the new season.

F1 says youngsters from motorsport clubs, who are already competing in karting, will stand alongside drivers on the grid before races this season.

The announcement Monday comes after the series last week ended the long-standing practice of using women on the grid, and on the podium with the top three drivers, because it no longer fits in with Formula One's values and societal norms.

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 363 9
2 S.Vettel 317 5
3 V.Bottas 305 3
4 K.Raikkonen 205 0
5 D.Ricciardo 200 1
6 M.Verstappen 168 2
7 S.Perez 100 0
8 E.Ocon 87 0
9 C.Sainz Jr. 54 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 43 0
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