FIA clamping down on drivers’ cockpit ‘bling’

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FIA clamping down on drivers’ cockpit ‘bling’

Niels Wittich, one in every of Components 1’s new race administrators, has felt the necessity to remind drivers to not put on jewelry throughout monitor classes.

After Michael Masi’s departure following the controversial finish to final season, Wittich has joined Eduardo Freitas as a race director with the duo alternating within the position.

For spherical three of the 2022 World Championship, the Australian Grand Prix, it’s Wittich on obligation and the German has included the warning about drivers’ jewelry in his occasion notes.

There may be nothing new within the ruling, it has merely been talked about as a reminder as a result of some drivers are reported to have been noticed sporting gadgets of ‘bling’ whereas of their automobiles.

The difficulty is, in fact, associated to security, simply in case any piece of jewelry brought on damage to the motive force in a collision.

The related notice within the FIA’s Worldwide Sporting Code reads: “The sporting of jewelry within the type of physique piercing or metallic neck chains is prohibited in the course of the competitors and should due to this fact be checked earlier than the beginning.”

After all, the ruling solely applies to when drivers are in monitor motion and never across the paddock.

Lewis Hamilton, for instance, who is commonly seen placing on his watch in parc ferme after a qualifying session or race as a part of his routine after getting out of the automotive, has been photographed sporting a nostril stud whereas driving his Mercedes – together with at this yr’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

That individual merchandise falls foul of the ban however any breach of the ruling could be extra prone to incur a driver a advantageous somewhat than a sporting penalty.


First instigated in 2005, the ruling is reported by The Telegraph to have had “numerous cases” the place drivers have did not comply and isn’t aimed toward any particular particular person.




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