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Lewis Hamilton’s jewelery fight with F1 bosses ‘could get very ugly’ over refusal to retire

Lewis Hamilton refuses to retire in the controversy surrounding his jewelry

Lewis Hamilton refuses to retire in controversy over his jewelry (Image: Getty)

Lewis Hamilton’s fight with motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, to wear jewelry during Formula 1 races ‘could get very ugly’, according to Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz.

Along with all 19 other drivers, the seven-time world champion has been ordered to remove all jewelery and piercings by race director Niels Wittich on the orders of newly elected FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem.

The protocol, which bans jewelry, piercings and non-fireproof underwear, has been in place since 2004, but was never actively enforced before. Hamilton wears a variety of jewelry over race weekends and sports piercings that cannot be easily removed, prompting him to protest Wittich’s demands.

Before last weekend’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the 37-year-old showed up to the FIA’s press conference wearing various necklaces and three different wristwatches in a show of defiance. He has been granted a temporary waiver from the rulings until the weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix, but insists he will not comply, even then.

“I got a waiver here and I’ll get waivers for the rest of the year,” Hamilton told the PA News Agency. ‘Wedding rings are allowed. I will use four watches next time. All this for sure, man …

‘When they told me about the jewelry, they said security is everything. And I said “well, what’s happened in the last 16 years?” I’ve been wearing jewelery for 16 years, so safety was not an issue back then? ‘

Now Kravitz says Hamilton’s refusal to go back could put him on a collision course with the FIA, which will be at stake in Monte Carlo.

‘[Hamilton] has taken out his earrings, but he can not take his nose out [stud] and we thought he needed a minor operation to take his nose out [stud]’Kravitz explained on Sky Sports F1.

“Hamilton now says, having received the grace of two races, [Miami] and in Barcelona that he will not take his nose out [stud]. He will not, does not think it is something the FIA ​​should do, so it looks like the war between Hamilton and the FIA ​​is continuing.

Lewis Hamilton has not been able to challenge race victories in his grueling Mercedes W13. (Photo by Peter J Fox / Getty Images)

‘Should he get fined when we get to Monaco and he has not taken it out because the hole is closed? It’s not so easy that he can just take it out, just like he knows his earrings. So there’s a little storm underway. Hamilton has said they can do fine [him] whatever they want, but it’s not as simple as that.

‘If the FIA ​​decides not to scrutinize the driver, which it appears they can do, they could prevent Lewis from leaving the pitlane at the start of Friday’s training because he has not been investigated – the driver is now effectively examined in the same way a car is.

‘So this could get very ugly pretty quickly in half a race.’

The sixth round of the Formula 1 season 2022 will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona this weekend, 20-22. May.

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