In Their Own Words - Women Speak on the Grid Girl Ban

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They said the practice of having the women milling about in the grid area before races was "clearly at odds with modern day societal norms".

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

She said her stints as a grid girl and spot on Top Gear paved the way for more modelling assignments.

After conducting a review at the end of previous year, F1 said it made the decision as the concept "does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms".

"[These women] would possibly wear knitted cardigans and can not really achieve a glamorous look, they are also quite possibly fed up of their husbands' eyes averting to such women so instead decide to put a lot of young ladies out of a job that they love", she added. I have been a grid girl for 8 years and I have never felt uncomfortable!No one forces us to do this!

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There's understandably been some public frustration among women who make money contracting as models for auto races.

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"If we don't do something to stop this where will it end?"

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".

Rachel Dowse, 22, was in last year's squad and said she believed it was a minority of people who thought they shouldn't be there.

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In November, he said: "We've had grid boys and that's been criticised".

"I think it's a great pity to break a tradition such as this, which does formula one but above all women no favours at all". May as well just get use to your children's gritted teeth every time you open your fat, opinionated mouth on anything.

And former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone told British media: "These girls did nothing harmful to anybody".

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're glad to welcome F1 to the 21st century". We might as well say we don't want people to go to a fashion show because, basically, that's what happened.

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