FIA race director Niels Wittich is clamping down on drivers who put on jewelry at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton has joked that he might have to interrupt F1’s jewelry rule as a result of he “actually cannot take out” his physique piercings. Drivers had been by the FIA forward of the Australian Grand Prix that’s is forbidden to put on jewelry whereas of their vehicles.
Hamilton mentioned: “Properly I’ve received 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 return with extra jewelry subsequent week.”
Wittich highlighted the FIA ruling in his weekend notes to groups in an obvious crackdown on the rule. It’s understood he referenced it in Jeddah final day out however that is the primary time he has particularly highlighted it within the race notes.
Wittich famous: “The sporting 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.”
It’s believed the crackdown comes after many drivers had been noticed infringing the principles. The regulation got here into impact in 2005 however the guidelines haven’t been checked as completely as different guidelines.
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Lewis Hamilton has warned he could also be unable to comply with an FIA rule (Picture: Getty)
Security is a heightened concern for the FIA since Romain Grosjean’s fiery accident on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. It’s doable jewelry may trigger additional harm to drivers throughout a high-speed accident.
Rings or necklaces may additionally stop a driver from escaping a cockpit if it received caught. The Briton has been highlighted by many as one of the crucial affected drivers on the grid.
The seven-time champion has been noticed sporting earrings on the grid moments earlier than the beginning of a race. A number of drivers have additionally been noticed sporting rings that are additionally banned beneath the principles.
Any driver discovered to be sporting the jewelry might be despatched to the stewards for an investigation.
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Lewis Hamilton has been seen sporting jewelry on the grid (Picture: Getty)
Nonetheless, drivers are prone to solely be issued private fines for breaking the principles as an alternative of sporting penalties. Wittich has already made an impression since taking up from axed race director Michael Masi this season.
He addressed questions of safety on the final race in Jeddah, demanding drivers not decelerate an excessive amount of to create room to the automotive in entrance. Present World Endurance Championship race director Eduardo Freitas can also be an F1 director for 2022 and can take management at choose races.