LEWIS HAMILTON might fall foul of a bit of identified F1 rule at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
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Drivers have been reminded to not put on jewelry or physique piercings when competing in Melbourne at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is famend for turning up at race weekends carrying chains and ear piercings and can must be cautious to not breach the little-known rule.
New race director Niels Wittich quoted the FIA sporting code in his race weekend notes in a bid to encourage drivers to observe the rule.
The sporting code says: “The carrying of jewelry within the type of physique piercing or steel neck chains is prohibited through the competitors & might subsequently be checked earlier than the beginning.” It’s understood Wittich referenced jewelry in his briefing to drivers in Jeddah as a driver security situation.
Nevertheless, that is the primary time the difficulty has been highlighted within the notes given to groups thus far this season. It’s believed jewelry might trigger drivers to endure further accidents in crashes.
In some instances, this might additionally forestall drivers from escaping wreckages rapidly.
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Lewis Hamilton might break a easy rule this weekend (Picture: Getty)
Security is of heightened concern for the FIA after Romain Grosjean’s fireball on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. Drivers who’re discovered to be breaking the principles may very well be referred to the stewards and handed a penalty.
Nevertheless, that is more likely to solely be a high-quality quite than any sporting penalty affecting the weekend. The rule was first launched again in 2005 as a security precaution however FIA chiefs are trying to clamp down on misdemeanours.
Based on Autosport, there are believed to be many drivers throughout the grid who’ve been noticed carrying jewelry.
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Lewis Hamilton has been noticed carrying jewelry on the grid earlier than (Picture: Getty)
Hamilton has beforehand been noticed carrying earrings on the grid moments earlier than races. Some drivers have additionally been noticed carrying rings which might be thought-about a breach of the principles.
The Australian Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar for the primary time since 2019 after the final two occasions have been cancelled. The observe returns with an up to date format in a bid to spice up the variety of overtakes on Sunday.
The primary change sees the removing of the chicane at turns 9 and ten in alternate for an prolonged straight. F1 has additionally put in 4 DRS zones to make sure drivers can full passes when shut sufficient to the automotive in entrance.