TOTO WOLFF has defended his driver Lewis Hamilton after the Briton was focused by a jewelry crackdown.
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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff has hit out at FIA race director Niels Wittich over his jewelry crackdown on the Australian Grand Prix. Wolff questioned whether or not the jewelry ban was “a battle he [Wittich] must have” in his new position.
Nonetheless, Wolff additionally took an obvious swipe at former race director Michael Masi, saying he would take the jewelry ban “a thousand instances over” if it was Wittich’s solely error. Talking to the Press Affiliation, Wolff mentioned: “How he has run the primary few races has been respectful, strong and he hasn’t put a single foot fallacious.
“However is that [jewellery ban] a battle he must have at this stage? Nonetheless, if it seems to be the largest unlucky misstep of a race director, I’d take it a thousand instances over.”
Wittich and World Endurance Championship race director Eduardo Freitas took over the reins as a partnership for this season. It comes after Masi was faraway from his position following the controversial finish to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final 12 months.
Since arriving, Wittich has used his pre-event notes to return down on points inside the sport.
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Wolff has defended Hamilton over the jewelry saga (Picture: Getty)
This week, Wittich highlighted how jewelry shouldn’t be worn behind the wheel for security issues. There was additionally a furore surrounding the usage of fireproof underwear when inside an F1 automotive.
In his Sky Sports activities pocket book on Saturday, Ted Kravitz warned the crackdown appeared to solely goal one driver, Lewis Hamilton.
He mentioned: “So it did appear to be on the face of it, a measure, or desirous to implement a rule particularly focused at Lewis Hamilton who in fact has ear piercings and a nostril piercing. I requested the FIA this and so they mentioned no completely not.”
Nonetheless, the seven-time champion overtly ignored the rule as he was noticed on the Melbourne grid sporting earrings.
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Lewis Hamilton has mentioned he is not going to cease sporting earrings (Picture: Getty)
After the race, Hamilton instantly addressed the ban and defiantly admitted he wouldn’t be eradicating jewelry earlier than races.
He mentioned: “I haven’t got any plans on eradicating (them). There may be stuff that I can not transfer. I actually cannot even take these out.
“These ones on my proper ear, they’re actually welded in so I’ve to get them chopped off or one thing like that. So they are going to be staying.”