Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen share joke over ‘nipple piercing’

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LEWIS HAMILTON and Max Verstappen laughed off F1’s jewelry crackdown in at the moment’s press convention.

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Lewis Hamilton joked that Max Verstappen has a nipple piercing as F1 race director Niels Wittich clamps down on jewelry amongst drivers. Jewelry has been banned in F1 since 2005 however Wittich highlighted the rule in his weekend notes after a number of drivers had been noticed breaching the rules.

Hamilton’s love of jewelry is well-known and the seven-time champion is usually noticed carrying earrings on the grid. When requested in regards to the bling ban, the Mercedes driver joked: “Properly I’ve bought sure piercings that I actually simply can’t take out, that not many individuals know of… Nah I’m kidding!

“It’s been the rule eternally, 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.”

Verstappen replied: “I’d be too heavy if I wore jewelry, so it’s not attainable.” Nevertheless, Hamilton moved to shift the stress onto Verstappen moments later, including: “I do know you’ve a nipple piercing man, come on.”

The reigning champion then mentioned: “You wish to see it once more?”

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen share joke over 'nipple piercing'

Hamilton and Verstappen joked in regards to the jewelry clampdown (Picture: Getty)

In his race notes, Wittich warned: “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.” Wittich made an identical level forward of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix however that is the primary time it has been highlighted within the race notes.

It means any driver who was discovered to be in breach of the principles could also be despatched on to the stewards. Though offenders are solely prone to obtain fines if they’re caught as an alternative of sporting penalties.

It means drivers are unlikely to obtain grid penalties if they’re caught carrying something behind the wheel. There are fears jewelry may trigger further accidents within the occasion of accidents.

It’s understood bosses are additionally involved jewelry may stop drivers from escaping the automobile within the occasion of a crash.

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen share joke over 'nipple piercing'

Lewis Hamilton has beforehand been noticed carrying earrings on the grid (Picture: Getty)

Security is of paramount concern for the FIA after Romain Grosjean’s horrific crash on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. Method E drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer had been penalised for carrying non-compliant underwear in New York again in 2018.

The drivers had been every fined and given two penalty factors. Lucas di Grassi additionally broke the jewelry rule on the Punta del Este E-Prix in the identical season.

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