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Formula One is a sort of modern-day version of the medieval tourney, a celebration of masculine bravery and strength by its latter-day knights - the son of the head of the Habsburg family is, funnily enough, a racing driver - and just as the tourneys of the later middle ages had a glamorous, sexual atmosphere, with lovely women presenting prizes to the most gallant champions, so modern motor racing has had a similar feel.

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

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".

"Over the a year ago we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport", said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1. No grid girls, no cheerleaders, female singers being told what to wear on stage, no models in magazines?

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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".

Claire Williams who is F1's only female team boss said she supported the scrapping of grid girls.

In November, he said: "We've had grid boys and that's been criticised". This is not doing any favours to F1 and especially not for women.

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

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Bernie Ecclestone, 87 year old former chief executive of the sport, has also defended the grid girls, saying in an interview with Sky News: "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. Formula E has stopped using Grid Girls previous year already and we just didn't feel the need to shout about it".

"We just want the crowd to have the best possible time they can, 100 per cent of the time".

FIA president Jean Todt said: "Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and the dream of every young racer competing the junior series that make up the FIA's single-seater pyramid, from karting all the way to F1".

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