Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been joking collectively at a press convention concerning the FIA’s reminder on physique piercings.
Australian Grand Prix race director Niels Wittich felt compelled to incorporate a point out of the rule concerning the carrying of jewelry whereas driving in his occasion notes for the race at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
It’s reported to have been triggered by drivers being noticed with objects of ‘bling’ on their particular person whereas within the cockpit, which is taken into account to be a security difficulty in case it causes damage in a collision.
The related notice within the FIA’s Worldwide Sporting Code reads: “The carrying of jewelry within the type of physique piercing or steel neck chains is prohibited throughout the competitors and should due to this fact be checked earlier than the beginning.”
A wonderful could be the seemingly punishment for any driver discovered to be in breach of the regulation.
Hamilton, for one, has been photographed carrying a nostril stud whereas driving his Mercedes.
A subject raised at a press convention that includes Hamilton, Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda, the 2 2021 World Championship rivals confirmed there’s not an excessive amount of flawed with their relationship by joking about piercings.
“I’ve obtained sure piercings I actually simply can’t take out, that not many individuals know of… nah, I’m kidding,” stated Hamilton.
“It’s been the rule endlessly, since I’ve been right here it’s been the rule, so nothing new. I’m simply going to come back with extra jewelry subsequent week.”
Bottas then quipped that the “stewards can take it off”.
Verstappen: “I might be too heavy if I wore jewelry, so it’s not doable.”
Hamilton, smiling: “I do know you could have a nipple piercing man, come on.”
Verstappen, laughing: “You need to see it once more?”
First instigated in 2005, the ruling on piercings is reported to have had “a lot of cases” the place drivers have didn’t comply and isn’t aimed toward any particular particular person.