GPDA chairman says he would have “different approach” to jewellery ban

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Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz says the FIA’s jewellery ban has been implemented “for the right reasons”, but he would have liked “a slightly different approach of how to deliver the message”.

One of the big stories in the last few weeks has been the FIA’s jewellery ban, and Lewis Hamilton’s decision not to comply with it.

Since Hamilton is one of the only drivers (if not the only) who regularly wears piercings, some have suggested the ban was aimed directly at him.

Many have given their thoughts on the situation, and now Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz gives his opinion.

“It is a rule for the right reasons,” Wurz said.

“I would have probably liked a slightly different approach of how to deliver the message. I don’t want to end up in football where there are more hands in the air and verbal abuse…

“You have to work together. It’s a style I would have preferred in this case.”


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Wurz then relayed what Danish former racer Kris Nissen, who was involved in a fiery crash at Japan’s Fuji circuit in 1988, told younger drivers during his talk about safety.

“He showed his body and said ‘look at this’. For him the absolute most painful thing after fire, and it wasn’t a long fire, was the rubber in his normal pants being burnt into the skin. He said (it was) for years agony and pain. And it educated me.

“At this moment I said I don’t want to live these consequences, only for taking my pants off and putting fireproof underpants on.

“The same with jewellery,” the Austrian concluded.

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