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F1 Future Stars: Get close to your heroes

Children walk off the starting grid prior to the 2018 Bahrain GP.

Future motor racing stars will have the chance to get close to their Formula One heroes at July's British Grand Prix.

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is seeking nine of its kart competition licence holders, aged seven to 10, to line up with the world's best drivers during the national anthem at Silverstone.

The MSA's bambino kart champion Archie Clark has been given a place, while the host circuit will select the other 10 children on the grid.

It's part of a wider initiative, called F1 Future Stars, aimed at encouraging young boys and girls by involving them at each of the 21 grands prix on this year’s global calendar. 

To enter the MSA selection process, eligible candidates must send a short video to introduce themselves, name their F1 hero, and explain what it would mean for them to take part.

The entries will be judged by a panel including C4F1 presenters Steve Jones and David Coulthard, a two-time British GP victor. The winners will be included in Channel 4’s live coverage of the race on July 8. Get full details of how to enter here

“We’re delighted to be working on this new initiative to give our youngest competitors the chance to meet their F1 heroes and become part of the British Grand Prix,” MSA chairman David Richards said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent junior British motorsport on the global F1 stage.”

Instigated by F1 owners Liberty and international motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, the scheme has been introduced to replace the role of grid girls on the race programme and to help create a new generation of young fans and drivers.

"These boys and girls, already engaging with the sport at junior level, are the lifeblood and the future of Formula One,” F1’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches said at last month’s official launch.

“The memory of standing by the best drivers in the world, while their country's national anthem is being played, is one that will stay with them for many years to come and hopefully inspire them to continue their pursuit of a career in motorsport."

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