LEWIS HAMILTON has beforehand stated he would want to cut off his ears to adjust to the FIA’s stance on jewelry.
Jenson Button has sided with the FIA over Lewis Hamilton’s jewelry (Picture: SKY SPORTS / GETTY)
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Jenson Button has backed the FIA’s stance over jewelry because the governing physique’s conflict with Lewis Hamilton rumbles on. New race director Niels Wittich has taken a stricter place on drivers not being allowed to put on jewelry than predecessor Michael Masi.
The ruling straight impacts Mercedes star Hamilton. The seven-times world champion has a few earrings that he beforehand claimed are welded into his pores and skin, however has agreed to take them out for the Miami Grand Prix.
Hamilton just lately joked that he would want to cut off his ears to adjust to the FIA rule, which states: “The sporting of jewelry within the type of physique piercing or steel neck chains is prohibited throughout the competitors and should subsequently be checked earlier than the beginning.”
Sky Sports activities pundit Danica Patrick believes the FIA’s stance is “nonsensical”, however Button challenged that view, saying: “This is not one thing that’s new although, to be truthful. I truly disagree [with Patrick].
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“I’ve by no means worn underpants below my race go well with as a result of they’re flammable and it has all the time been within the rules – do not put on underpants and do not put on piercings or steel in your physique. I do not suppose they’ve pushed the regulation very onerous and now they’re, which may be very unusual, why they’re doing that abruptly.”
Button added that it’s a rule not solely designed to stop damage on the race monitor, however off it too. He continued: “It isn’t simply what occurs on the circuit, it’s after they take the crash helmet off, is it going to tug on the ear after which the marshal feels dangerous that he is harm you.
“Or, it could possibly be if you’re taken to the hospital they usually must do an x-ray or an MRI, you’ll be able to’t have steel in your face both. It’s a difficult one and it’s bizarre we’re speaking about it. There are such a lot of issues to speak about in motorsport and F1 in the mean time and we’re speaking about that.”
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Hamilton has agreed to take out his ear piercings forward of Saturday’s Miami Grand Prix. The 37-year-old has additionally been given a two-race discover on taking out a nostril piercing.
“These ones on my proper ear are actually welded in so I’d must get them chopped off or one thing like that. So they are going to be staying,” Hamilton has beforehand stated when requested concerning the FIA’s stance on jewelry.
However he took a extra critical strategy on Friday, claiming the game had taken a step backwards by imposing the rule so strictly. He stated: “I really feel prefer it’s nearly like a step backwards if you happen to consider the steps we’re taking as a sport and the extra necessary points and causes that we have to give attention to.
“It appears pointless to get into this spat.I believe we have made such nice strides for the game… and that is such a small factor.”