LEWIS HAMILTON is embroiled in a spat with the FIA over his jewelry.
Lewis Hamilton faces a heavy punishment if he doesn’t abide by FIA jewelry guidelines (Picture: GETTY)
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Lewis Hamilton and his fellow Method One drivers face large penalties for failing to adjust to the FIA’s strict jewelry guidelines. The Mercedes ace and the governing physique are embroiled in a tense spat over equipment.
New FIA race director Niels Wittich has taken a stronger stance on jewelry than successor Michael Masi. “The carrying of jewelry within the type of physique piercing or steel neck chains is prohibited through the competitors and should subsequently be checked earlier than the beginning,” FIA guidelines state.
However the FIA had beforehand had a a lot softer place on that legislation. It allowed Hamilton and colleagues to proceed carrying earrings and different equipment whereas driving.
Hamilton has agreed to take out a few of his piercings forward of the Miami Grand Prix and has been given a two-race discover to permit him to take away some which can be tough to take out. He beforehand joked that he would wish to cut off his proper ear as one earring is welded into his pores and skin.
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Lewis Hamilton has compromised on a few of his jewelry (Picture: GETTY)
Hamilton took a extra critical tone on Friday, saying: “I really feel prefer it’s virtually like a step backwards if you happen to consider the steps we’re taking as a sport and the extra vital points and causes that we have to deal with.
“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.”
And drivers who refuse to take away jewelry face heavy punishments. There aren’t any formally confirmed penalties however, in response to Auto Motor und Sport, a primary offence will incur a £42,700 nice – along with a £21,350 suspended penalty.
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Repeat offenders danger being fined £85,400, plus the £21,350 from the probationary interval. A 3rd violation is outwardly value round £213,500 and the deduction of 10 championship factors per offence. Groups who don’t inform the ‘reality’ about their drivers’ jewelry danger being fined £213,500.
Former world champion Jenson Button agrees with the FIA and has identified that the principles are there to guard drivers always – not simply when on the circuit. He advised Sky Sports activities: “It’s not simply what occurs on the circuit, it’s once they take the crash helmet off, is it going to tug on the ear after which the marshal feels unhealthy that he is damage you?
“Or, it might be in case you are taken to the hospital and so they should do an x-ray or an MRI, you’ll be able to’t have steel in your face both. It’s a tough 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 intervening time and we’re speaking about that.”