FORMULA 1 icon Lewis Hamilton could be smart to stick to the game’s ban on jewelry, in response to an ex-racing star who suffered horrible burns throughout his driving profession
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The FIA’s tightening of its jewelry restrictions has develop into one thing of a tradition conflict in Components 1, regardless of lawmakers insisting well being and security is their sole precedence. However, one former driver has urged it could be “completely ridiculous” for Lewis Hamilton and the remainder of the grid to not comply with the letter of the regulation.
That is in response to former driver and motorsport govt Kris Nissen, who suffered burns to greater than a 3rd of his physique and spent two weeks in a coma following a crash in 1988. The Dane was driving a Porsche 962 in Fuji, Japan, when he crashed and was trapped within the ensuing fireplace, insisting his “life was saved by [fellow driver] Paolo Barilla.”
Nissen recalled how he had worn the “right helmet, right gloves, right FIA sneakers,” however he didn’t put on the fireproof underwear the FIA is now attempting to advertise. Furthermore, the 61-year-old—who received Germany’s Components 3 championship one 12 months previous to his crash in Japan—believes it was his mistake to put on something steel contained in the cockpit.
“On my left hand I had a plastic watch and underneath the watch, there are not any burns,” Nissen advised RaceFans. “On my proper hand I used to be sporting, I nonetheless have it, a gold [bracelet]. And this one was heated by the fireplace or by the warmth. It made a further burn in my proper [wrist].
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Kris Nissen referred to as the jewelry row “ridiculous” (Picture: Getty)
“What I can let you know 100% is if you’d like the completely finest security you shouldn’t put on any steel in any respect, in my view. Metallic ought to completely not be worn. I believe different issues is not going to actually do any hurt nevertheless it’s not mandatory.”
Former rally star Mohammed bin Sulayem was appoinetd FIA president in December and opted to implement F1’s longstanding ban on jewelry extra closely as one in all his first acts. It was additionally since he got here into energy that the FIA has burdened drivers should put on authorized fireproof underwear, towards which Sebastian Vettel lately protested in Miami.
“It’s completely ridiculous to not comply with these guidelines,” added Nissen. “It’s completely ridiculous to not do as a lot as you may to your personal security. Even with the FIA-approved underwear and gloves and sneakers it’s a query of how lengthy you might be sitting [in a fire]. In case you take a look at Romain Grosjean which was a really heavy accident [at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix], we’ve all seen it and he managed to return out on his personal fairly quick, fortunately, and that’s good. However nonetheless he acquired some small burns on his fingers. And he was sporting every part accurately.”
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Lewis Hamilton protested towards the jewelry ban (Picture: Getty)
Mercedes star Hamilton, 37, has raised resistance towards the FIA clamping down on its no-jewellery coverage, with some suggesting F1 lawmakers also have a private vendetta towards the Briton. It is even been speculated Hamilton faces being banned from future races until he complies with the stricter legal guidelines.
The seven-time world champion has been granted a two-race exemption to take away sure piercings, which he has mentioned can’t be eliminated simply. It is understood fines and even factors penalties will probably be forthcoming ought to he fail to conform after that, with rumours of suspensions additionally swirling.