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Former 'Grid Girl' talks about time on the track

Former 'Grid Girl' talks about time on the track

Grid girls are hired to carry out promotional work at the F1 and wear clothes representing the sponsors of the event.

They include Kelly Brook, Jodie Marsh, Emma Noble, Melinda Messenger and Nell McAndrew.

Former grid girl Caroline Hall said she was saddened by F1's "extreme measures".

A Broncos spokesman said its cheerleaders were definitely a part of 2018 match days, as they had been for the last 30 years.

But Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at F1, said on Wednesday: "While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".

In the wake of this shake-up, we collected opinions from various women in motorsports - journalists, racers, and even some grid girls - and here's what they had to say.

"Why didn't we have any grid girls today?" said German star Vettel.

But Williams said that F1 had "entered a new era" and now needed to "focus on further improvements that can be made to keep the sport growing and moving forward".

However, a lot of people were disappointed to see political correctness claim another victim.

Former Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff told BBC Sport the deployment of grid girls did not offend her, and that F1 had more pertinent issues regarding the involvement of women in the sport.

"You are never going to get it right and we live in a modern society and we have to be open to everything".

In fact, the overtly sexual clothing of these medieval events was criticised by moralists at the time; the deeply misanthropic chronicler Henry Knighton complained that "whenever and wherever tournaments were held, troops of ladies would arrive dressed up in a variety of male clothing... they abused their bodies in wantonness and scurrilous licentiousness. We all love our job, feel very comfortable doing it and do not feel it promoted a sexist image".

The girls will be replaced by stars from juniour karting championships, and will be hand-picked by national motorsport authorities.

Formula 1 is stereotypically viewed as a man's world.

Another Grid Girl, Michelle Westby, took aim at online trolls who accuse the models of being mindless ditzes with no interest in or knowledge of auto racing.