Hamilton piercings row ‘could get very nasty’ as per Kravitz

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According to Ted Kravitz of Sky F1, Lewis Hamilton’s piercings argument with the FIA is on the verge of becoming “extremely ugly.”

After being advised that he would not be able to wear any jewellery while driving the Mercedes W13 on track after the Spanish Grand Prix, the seven-time World Champion has remained defiant.

Hamilton should have removed all of his ‘bling’ before entering into the cockpit, according to the rules, which were emphasised in race director Niels Wittich’s notes prior to the Australian Grand Prix in April.

For the most recent Miami Grand Prix, it was announced that drivers’ clothing, down to what is required to be fire-resistant underwear, will be scrutinised, along with jewellery, to verify that nothing on a driver’s person may endanger safety in the car.

Hamilton, who claims to have worn jewellery while driving from the start of his Formula One career in 2007, was given a two-race reprieve from any punishment – most likely a fine – to give him time to remove his permanent piercings, which are difficult to remove.

The 37-year-old Britishman, though, stated in Miami that he had no intention of doing so and that he would seek “exemptions for the rest of the year.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Kravitz explained: “He’s taken his earrings out but he can’t take out his nose stud and we thought he was going to have minor surgery to take out the nose stud.

“Hamilton’s now saying, having been given two races’ grace, here (Miami) and in Barcelona, that he will not take out his nose stud. He doesn’t want to, doesn’t think it’s something the FIA should be doing, so it looks like the war between Hamilton and the FIA continues.

“Is he going to rack up fines when we get to Monaco and he hasn’t taken it out because the hole has closed up? It’s not as easy as him being able to just take it out like he can his earrings.

“So there is a little storm brewing. Hamilton has said they can fine me whatever they want, but it’s not as simple as that.

“So this could get very nasty quite quickly in a race-and-a-half’s time.”

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