Lewis Hamilton bows to pressure from F1 bosses amid jewelry stance ahead of Miami GP

Lewis Hamilton will not have his ears pierced during this weekend’s race in Miami, just hours after he threatened to boycott the Grand Prix over the FIA’s crackdown on jewellery

Lewis Hamilton previously threatened to miss the Miami Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton previously threatened to miss the Miami Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has bowed to pressure from Formula 1’s governing body to have his ears pierced for the Miami Grand Prix.

Hamilton arrived at Friday’s official press conference with a ring on each finger, an array of necklaces, a bracelet, earrings on either lobe and three watches – two on his left wrist and one on his right – in a clear show of defiance against the FIA jewelry ban.

The seven-time world champion also signaled that he would even be willing to give up Sunday’s race as a protest. But less than three hours later and after a series of talks with the FIA, Hamilton made a U-turn by agreeing to take out his earrings.

The British driver has been granted a two-race medical exemption by the FIA ​​for his nose stud, which cannot be easily removed. The ban on wearing jewelry in the cockpit has been in effect for several years.

However, the ruling will now be strictly enforced by new F1 racing director Niels Wittich and Mohammed ben Sulayem, the FIA ​​President. Earlier, Hamilton, who finished eighth in practice one, said: “If they stop me, then so be it. We have a reserve driver, so we’re well prepared for the weekend. There’s a lot to do in the city anyway.”

Dutchman Nick de Vries, 27, who has never driven in Formula 1, is Mercedes’ reserve driver here. The teams received a scrutineering notice from the FIA ​​on Thursday afternoon, which states: “The wearing of jewelry in the form of piercings or metal necklaces is prohibited during the competition and can therefore be checked before the start.”

Hamilton wears a lot of jewelry during his press conference


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Justifying the ruling, the FIA ​​​​continued: “Metal objects, such as jewellery, in contact with the skin can reduce heat transfer protection and thus increase the risk of burns in the event of a fire. Wearing jewelry during competition can hamper medical procedures as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment should it be required after an accident.

“The presence of jewelry can delay the removal of driver safety equipment such as a helmet, balaclava and overalls in an emergency. Jewelry in and/or around the airway may pose specific additional risks if it becomes detached during an accident and is either swallowed or inhaled.”

Hamilton probably doesn’t need any more distractions right now while he struggles to get to grips with his new Mercedes W13. However, both he and George Russell showed signs of improved pace in first practice in Miami.

Hamilton might have been eighth, but that was mainly because he was struggling with traffic on his best laps and was obviously understeering the car. Charles Leclerc was fastest with 0.071 seconds, Russell second.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Leclerc’s main title rival, was third, 0.179s away. A number of other drivers made mistakes navigating the new road course around Hard Rock Stadium.

Valtteri Bottas crashed his Alfa Romeo at turn eight while the hapless Carlos Sainz also had a big spin at turns four and five. The incident ruined his set of soft tires and caused a right front tire puncture just hours after he told reporters he wished for a “clean” weekend.

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