Speaking soon after the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s response to the impending clampdown on jewelry and physique piercings was obviously a tiny much less jocular than on Thursday.
When race director Niels Wittich brought focus to the very long-standing rule concerning the donning of jewelry on Thursday, there is small question that the first identify that came to mind for most fans of the activity was that of 7-time planet winner, Lewis Hamilton.
“The sporting of jewellery in the variety of entire body piercing or metallic neck chains is prohibited throughout the competition,” declares Appendix L, Chapter III, 5 of the FIA’s International Sporting Code, “and may well as a result be checked ahead of the start out.”
The media was brief to seize on the directive and at Friday’s press meeting Hamilton manufactured mild of the issue.
“Well, I have obtained certain piercings that I seriously just cannot get out that not many men and women know of,” said the Mercedes driver.
“No, I’m kidding, I’m kidding,” he laughed. “Alright, I indicate, it is been the rule forever. Considering that I’ve been below, it is really been the rule, so there’s very little new. I am just heading to come up with extra jewelry following week.”
In Wittich’s next established of event notes issued on Saturday, together with information of the removal of the fourth DRS zone and a clamp down on basic safety vehicle restart protocols, drivers were being after all over again reminded that: “The donning of jewelry in the type of system piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited in the course of the levels of competition and my thus be checked in advance of the commence.”
Talking following the Grand Prix, in which he concluded a surprise fourth, Hamilton’s strategy was a minimal fewer jocular than on Thursday.
Asked about the jewellery ban, and in unique his ear piercings and nose stud, the Briton replied: “I really don’t have any designs on taking away them.
“I come to feel there are personalized items,” he ongoing. “You need to be in a position to be who you are.
“There is things that I are unable to go,” he extra. “I virtually are not able to even acquire these out… these types on my ideal ear, they are basically welded in so I have to get them chopped off or anything like that. So they will be remaining.”
It is recognized that motorists will be specified a period of time of grace prior to the FIA decides how to continue, with some suggesting refusal to adhere to the rule could result in a good or reduction of details.
Along with the announcement that the guidelines on regulation underwear are to be enforced also, it is very clear that the FIA means business, how the drivers will respond continues to be to be witnessed.
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