Lewis Hamilton unlikely to be punished for wearing piercings at Monaco GP this weekend
The FIA gave Hamilton two races to remove his jewelry after a stalemate at the Miami Grand Prix, with that grace period having elapsed after last week’s race in Spain; Watch the entire Monaco GP live only on Sky Sports this weekend
Last update: 27/05/22 00:00
Lewis Hamilton is unlikely to be punished for continuing to wear piercings at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, Sky Sports News has learned.
The FIA told Hamilton at the Miami Grand Prix earlier this month that he had two races to remove his jewelry, which the Briton said he had no intention of doing.
That grace period passed after last week’s Spanish Grand Prix, but further talks are expected.
Constructive discussions on the jewelry issue have been initiated by the FIA, individual drivers and the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA).
GPDA chairman Alex Wurz said earlier this month that Formula 1 was right to ban cockpit jewellery, saying it was in the best interests of the drivers, but believes the FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way.
“It’s a rule for the right reasons,” said Wurz, a former Benetton, McLaren and Williams driver.
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“I probably would have liked a slightly different approach to how to deliver the message.
“I don’t want to end up in football where there’s more hands up and verbal abuse…you have to work together. That’s a style I would have preferred in that case.”
The ban on jewelry, as well as the wearing of non-compliant underwear, has long been in the rules but rarely enforced until the FIA cracked down this season.
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Hamilton explains Monaco’s “intense” demands: “I couldn’t celebrate my last victory!
Hamilton explains how he fell in love with Monte Carlo ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix in a Sky Sports F1 special report. Watch the full article on Friday during our F1 coverage
Hamilton has opened up on the challenges and demands of the iconic Monaco GP, admitting he was too tired to even celebrate his latest victory in F1’s “most exhausting” race, which he describes as a ” lottery”.
In a Sky Sports F1 A special reflection on Hamilton’s memories in Monaco – part of our exceptional coverage this weekend – the seven-time world champion also talks about his desire to add to his three capital victories.
F1’s thrilling 2022 season heads to Monte Carlo for round seven, with Hamilton one of 20 drivers preparing for the ultimate test around the tightest street circuits as barriers loom around every perilous bend.
“It’s unique and probably one of the most intense weekends,” admitted Hamilton in the Sky Sports F1 exclusive. “The desire and the will to win are rekindled.”
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Hamilton, who starts the weekend only sixth in the championship for Mercedes, added that after beating Max Verstappen to victory in 2019 he was too exhausted to even enjoy the day.
“Mentally and psychologically, it’s probably the most exhausting [race]“, he explained. “Because it is so narrow, so fast, so short between the corners.
“The other street circuits… Baku is a bit wider. This track is literally, barrier, barrier, barrier. It’s less physical, just mentally you’re completely stuffed afterwards!”
The entire Monaco GP weekend is exclusively live on Sky Sports F1, with the action on the track starting with the first practice on Friday from 12.30pm.