Hamilton on jewellery ban: “If they stop me, we have spare drivers“

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At the Miami Grand Prix Friday press conference Lewis Hamilton appeared decked out to the hilt in jewellery and sent a firm message to the FIA.

The FIA announced today that checking of jewellery and underwear has been included into each team’s scrutineering submission ahead of the Miami Grand Prix.

Considering how Lewis Hamilton is possibly the only driver known to wear nose and ear piercings, some have speculated that the ‘reminder’ was aimed at him directly.

Well, at the Miami Friday press conference, in a clear message aimed at the FIA, Lewis came out wearing three watches, multiple bracelets, necklaces, earrings and a nose stud.

He then gave his opinion on the jewellery ban and its enforcement.

“I couldn’t get any more jewellery on today,” the Briton said with a smile.

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“I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards. If you think of the steps we’re taking as a sport, and the more important issues and causes that we need to be focusing on and really pushing.

“I think we made such great strides as a sport. Now we’re here in Miami and this is such a small thing.

“I’ve been in the sport for 16 years; I’ve been wearing jewellery for 16 years. In the car, I only have my earrings on and my nose ring, which I can’t even remove, so it seems unnecessary for us to get into this spat.”

Lewis then said he is even prepared to sit out the race if he is forced to remove some of his jewellery.

“I think we’ve got bigger fish to fry, bigger things to do, more impact to have, so I think that’s really where the focus should be.

“It’s platinum, that I have, so it’s not magnetic, and it’s never been a safety issue in the past. I’ve had so many MRI scans, for example, and I don’t have to take out my platinum ones, because it’s not an issue.

“If they stop me, so be it. We have spare drivers, so we’re ready and prepared for the weekend. There is lots to do in this city so, I’ll be good either way!”

He also revealed that he has reached out to FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in an effort to resolve the issue, but has not heard from him yet.

“I’m willing to sign a waiver, to take the responsibility away from them [the FIA], if they want me to,” said Hamilton, who justified his decision to wear three watches by adding that “they’re on three different time zones”.

“I tried calling Mohammed this morning, he was busy, but I sent him a message just reassuring him that I want to be an ally. I don’t want to fight. It’s very, very silly.

“But I’ve not heard back yet, so maybe he’s texting me, I don’t know. But I’ll try and speak to him before the race,” Hamilton concluded.

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