Lewis Hamilton clashes with F1 chiefs over ‘bling’ ban

File photo: Formula One F1 - Saudi Arabia Grand Prix - Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during a press conference on March 25, 2022

File photo: Formula One F1 – Saudi Arabia Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – March 25, 2022 Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during a press conference REUTERS / Ahmed Yosri

Formula One drivers have been reminded that they are not allowed to wear jewelry while racing, prompting Lewis Hamilton to joke on Friday that he cannot get out.

The ruling was included in this week’s Australian Grand Prix event notes, issued by Nils Witch, the new FIA race director in the role of Albert Park, after the sacking of Michael Massey.

This is not a new rule, but some drivers have been seen wearing jewelry in their cars.

“Jewelry in the form of body piercings or metal necklaces is prohibited during the competition and therefore can be tested before the start,” says Ruler.

Several drivers wear jewelry on the pad, which is approved, notably seven-time world champion Hamilton.

“I have a lot of holes that I can’t really figure out, which a lot of people don’t know,” the British joked when asked about the verdict.

“But that’s the rule forever, so it’s nothing new,” he added.

The ban was introduced in 2005 as a safety precaution to reduce the risk to drivers if they need to flee the car after an accident.

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