Even after exemption, Hamilton refuses to remove piercings

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Despite the recent uproar over the FIA’s ban on drivers’ jewellery, Lewis Hamilton has remained stubborn about his piercings.

Jewellery has become part of the F1 scrutineering procedure, with a requirement that racers wear the correct type of fire-resistant underwear in the cockpit.

Drivers are technically prohibited from wearing ‘bling’ on the track for safety reasons, but Hamilton claims it is not as simple as removing his earrings and nose stud and then reinserting them.

In Australia, the seven-time World Champion said he’d have to “cut my ear off” to be free of the rings in that area of his anatomy, and at the start of the Miami Grand Prix weekend, he called the crackdown “an needless squabble” on the part of the FIA.

Following that, it was revealed that the Mercedes driver had been granted a two-race medical exemption for his nose stud, which is also difficult to remove. The Miami and Spanish Grands Prix were included in that grace period.

If Hamilton wore jewellery while driving by the start of the Monaco weekend on May 27, he would be breaking the rules and may face a fine or penalty points on his super-license.

In Australia, the seven-time World Champion said he’d have to “cut my ear off” to be free of the rings in that area of his anatomy, and at the start of the Miami Grand Prix weekend, he called the crackdown “an needless squabble” on the part of the FIA.

Following that, it was revealed that the Mercedes driver had been granted a two-race medical exemption for his nose stud, which is also difficult to remove. The Miami and Spanish Grands Prix were included in that grace period.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

If Hamilton wore jewellery while driving by the start of the Monaco weekend on May 27, he would be breaking the rules and may face a fine or penalty points on his super-license.

Hamilton was asked if he would remove his nose stud after wearing three wristwatches and a ring on each finger of his left hand at a press appearance in Miami.

“No,” he said, quoted by the PA news agency. “I got an exemption here and I will get exemptions for the rest of the year. Wedding rings are allowed. I will wear four watches next time.”

The jewellery restriction is not new in Formula One, but it is only now being rigorously enforced, with new race director Niels Wittich and FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem leading the charge.

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