Lewis Hamilton has warned he could be banned from the prestigious F1 Monaco Grand Prix | F1 | sport
Lewis Hamilton has been warned he could face significant ramifications if he fails to remove his permanent jewelery when he arrives in Monaco at the end of this month. The seven-time world champion has urged the FIA to relax its strict stance on drivers wearing piercings and neck chains during competition at the Miami Grand Prix last weekend.
Hamilton, who sported eight rings, three watches, four necklaces and two earrings at the press conference, spoke passionately about the issue, saying it felt like a “step backwards” for the sport.
“It doesn’t seem necessary to get into that. I’m here to be an ally of the sport – we’ve got bigger fish to fry,” he said.
The Mercedes main man wears the most jewelery on the circuit and had claimed he was unable to remove his earrings and nose ring, which he wears in the car during the race.
He is therefore keen to speak with FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem about the matter, making it clear that he does not want to be drawn into a public dispute.
Sky Sports reporter Ted Kravitz has now claimed he fears there are problems ahead for Hamilton, who has since removed his earrings but not his nose piercing – something he doesn’t deem not necessary.
“He took his earrings off but he can’t stick his nose out [stud] and we thought he was going to have minor surgery to remove his nose [stud],” Kravitz explained on his Notebook show.
“Hamilton now says, after being graced with two races, here (Miami) and Barcelona, he won’t break 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 off because the hole has closed? It’s not as easy as being able to pull it off like he can with his earrings.
Kravitz is convinced the FIA could throw the book on Hamilton if he fails to comply with their regulations – even if it means preventing him from racing in Monaco after the Spanish Grand Prix.
“So there is a little storm brewing. Hamilton said they can fine me as they see fit, but it’s not that simple,” he continued.
“If the FIA decides not to check the driver, which they appear to be able to do, they can prevent Lewis from exiting the pit lane at the start of Friday practice because he has not been checked – the driver is now actually controlled in the same way as a car.
“So it could get very unpleasant quite quickly in a race and a half.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff remains confident that the two sides – the FIA and Hamilton – will reach a “good resolution”.
Speaking in Miami, the Austrian said: “What was needed was a dialogue between Lewis and Mohammed.
“Clearly the regulations are there to protect the drivers, but on the other hand we need diversity and means of expression and we know that is important for Lewis.
“Without going into specifics – where the piercings stayed and where they didn’t – I’m sure they’ll come to a good resolution.”