LEWIS HAMILTON is embroiled in a row with the FIA over their ban on jewelry.
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Lewis Hamilton has been instructed he ought to simply “put the jewelry again on proper after the race” because the seven-time System One world champion continues his defiance in opposition to the FIA’s crackdown on gadgets reminiscent of chains, rings, earrings and watches. Drivers should not allowed to put on jewelry whereas out on monitor as a result of security causes.
Hamilton has been instructed that after the Spanish Grand Prix, he is not going to be permitted to drive his Mercedes if he nonetheless has any on. Niels Wittich one of many FIA’s race administrators reminded drivers of the rule, which isn’t new to the game, earlier than the Australian Grand Prix however Hamilton was given a two-race medical exemption to present him time to take away everlasting piercings.
The Briton might require minor surgical procedure to take out a nostril stud however has made it clear he doesn’t wish to accomplish that, which means he might face additional punishment from F1’s governing physique. The FIA may fantastic him, put factors on his super-licence and even refuse to let the Mercedes driver out on monitor on the Monaco Grand Prix, the place his exemptions ends.
However the son of F1 icon Niki Lauda instructed Servus TV that Hamilton ought to rethink his stance on carrying jewelry within the cockpit of his automotive. Mathias Lauda mentioned: “Why would not he simply put the jewelry again on proper after the race? The FIA units the foundations and so they must be the identical throughout a thousand racing sequence.”
Lewis Hamilton questioned over FIA row as Mercedes urge F1 bosses to search out ‘decision’ (Picture: SKY SPORTS/GETTY)
Hamilton mentioned in Miami, the place he took out his earrings, that he plans to get exemptions “for the remainder of the 12 months”. The 37-year-old sat down for talks with FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem after claiming he would boycott a race over the problem.
Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff has requested the FIA to discover a “good decision”. He mentioned: “What was wanted was a dialogue between Lewis and Mohammed. It’s clear that laws are right here to guard the drivers.
“However on the opposite facet we’d like range and the technique of expressing your self and we all know that that is necessary to Lewis. With out going into element – the place the piercings stayed and the place they did not – I’m positive they may come to a superb decision.”
Lewis Hamilton questioned over FIA row as Mercedes urge F1 bosses to search out ‘decision’ (Picture: GETTY)
Hamilton turned up at his Miami press convention sporting three watches, eight rings, 4 necklaces and two earrings in a transparent response to the FIA’s clampdown. He defined: “I could not get any extra jewelry on at this time.
“I really feel prefer it’s nearly like a step backwards in the event you consider the steps we’re taking as a sport and the extra necessary points and causes we have to be centered on. We have made nice strides as a sport. That is such a small factor. I have been within the sport for 16 years and I have been carrying jewelry for 16 years. Within the automotive I solely have my earrings on and my nostril ring, which I am unable to even take away.
“It appears pointless for us to get into this spat. I will attempt to talk and work with Mohammed. I am right here to be an ally of the game, of Mohammed and System One. I believe we have larger fish to fry, larger issues to do, extra impression to have. I believe that is the place the main focus ought to be.”