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F1 grid girls: kids to replace models

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FORMULA 1 will use grid kids in 2018 after the sport decided to stop using grid girls before races.

The youngsters will be young karters and aspiring racing drivers selected by each grand prix’s national sporting authority and 20 at each event will have the chance to stand alongside the drivers on the grid before the race.

The grid kids will be selected on merit or via a lottery system, with F1 bosses saying it will make the build-up to races “more relevant and interesting for fans, especially the younger ones”.

Explaining the decision, F1 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

“What an unforgettable experience, for them, and their families. An inspiration to keep driving, training and learning so that they can dream of one day being there themselves. What better way to inspire the next generation of Formula 1 heroes.”

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Formula One 2020: Emilia Romagna GP, Imola, qualifying, schedule, start time, news, result, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna,

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Formula One: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying: 12am Sunday (AEDT) — Live

Fresh from his record 92nd career win last Sunday, Lewis Hamilton will be the centre of attention again this weekend when his Mercedes team aim to seal a record seventh constructors title.

But he’ll have to overcome a radical new weekend schedule – with no Friday running and just one practice session on Saturday – which puts plenty of additional pressure on every team in the paddock.

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F1 2020, Renault, Fernando Alonso test, Daniel Ricciardo replacement

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Fernando Alonso will step up his preparations for a return to Formula One next year with a two-day test in Bahrain next week, his Renault team said Friday.

The former two-time world champion will try out the R.S.18 model from the 2018 season, having driven an F1 car for the first time in nearly 18 months in Barcelona in mid-October.

Alonso, 39, had not been in an F1 car since a test session for McLaren in Bahrain in April 2019 and had not raced one since the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, also with McLaren, at the end of his 17th season.

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Ricciardo sent spinning in Q2

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IndyCar: Scott McLaughlin, Supercars, news, Team Penske, Indy500,

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Not content with dominating Down Under, Scott McLaughlin is set to be the top dog in America within three years.

That’s the time frame for success Team Penske has placed on their newest IndyCar recruit.

“Tim Cindric (Team Penske President) said a couple of top tens, top 15 next year, maybe push the top five bracket in ‘22 and then if we can challenge for wins and potentially a championship in my 3rd year that would be good progression,” McLaughlin told Fox Sports’ Loud Pedal Podcast.

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McLaughlin will be a "beast"

McLaughlin will be a “beast”

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