LEWIS HAMILTON has been locked in a tense stand-off with the FIA over his jewelry
Lewis Hamilton may threat a race ban if he continues to put on jewelry whereas driving. (Picture: Getty)
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Lewis Hamilton may threat being banned for the Monaco Grand Prix if he decides to maintain carrying jewelry whereas within the cockpit. The seven-time world champion’s two race exemption from the jewelry ban will run out within the principality and he may face large ramifications if he doesn’t conform to the FIA’s needs.
The Mercedes driver has been locked in a tense stand-off with the Components 1 governing physique ever since they determined to clamp down on current laws on what drivers put on. The 37-year-old Briton has many equipment and piercings, together with ear and nostril rings which he says are unimaginable to take away.
Talking earlier than final weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, Hamilton mentioned: “It appears pointless to get into this. I’m right here to be an ally of the game – we have now larger fish to fry. We should always have the liberty to do what feels proper.”
FIA president, Mohammed ben Sulayem has confirmed Hamilton will face giant fines for his jewelry (Picture: Getty)
FIA president, Mohammed ben Sulayem, has spoken out on the matter. Whereas he didn’t say whether or not Hamilton may face a ban, he did verify the Brit could be fined.
“There are fines that apply,” he advised the Day by day Mail. “It is like if somebody speeds on the roads – you possibly can’t cease them doing it however they get fined, even when it was unintended.
“You may’t let folks off as a result of they’re your mates. There needs to be one rule for all. Within the automotive there may be no selection. Folks say they [the rules] haven’t been applied earlier than however they’ll ask the outdated regime why that was the case.”
Ought to Hamilton obtain a race ban for his jewelry, the eye positioned on the Monaco Grand Prix could be large. The Mercedes driver would develop into the primary driver since Romain Grosjean to be banned for a race. The Frenchman obtained a one race ban for inflicting an enormous collison within the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
Whereas Mercedes might really feel a race ban is unlikely, they could possibly be planning for the eventuality. The group would have two fundamental choices to exchange him, each coming from their Components E outfit. Stoffel Vandoorne could be the extra skilled choice, having raced in Components 1 for McLaren between 2016 and 2018. Nyck De Vries is the opposite choice, he’s the reigning Components E champion however has by no means raced in Components 1 earlier than, leaving him as a extra exterior wager.
Nico Hulkenburg may additionally discover himself in rivalry having repeatedly stuffed in as a reserve for the Mercedes powered Aston Martin. The German is extremely skilled having began 181 Components 1 races and would have the added bonus of collaborating this season so would have a greater understanding of the brand new automobiles.
Subsequent weekend’s Grand Prix in Barcelona will present extra clues to the destiny that would await Hamilton within the present stand-off. All eyes can be on the British driver and the actions he plans to take.