Hamilton says he’s “not trying to make a statement” by wearing nose stud

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Lewis Hamilton explains he had to put his nose stud in because of an infection, and says “it’s crazy that we’re having to talk about something so small”.

Following the Singapore Grand Prix third free practice session, Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards for wearing a nose piercing while in his car.

This year, the Briton has been involved in a battle of words with the FIA over their jewellery ban for months, which many felt was aimed directly at him. He ultimately agreed to remove all his jewellery while in the car, however today it appears he was again wearing his nose piercing.

Lewis later explained that he reinserted the stud on doctor’s advice, due to him suffering an infection. He provided the stewards with a doctor’s certificate, and they decided to exempt him from the ban.

“I’m not trying to make a statement, no,” the Briton further explained.

“Basically I’ve had my jewelry and my nose stud for years and obviously we had that whole commotion at the beginning of the year.

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“At the time it was like soldered in, so it didn’t come loose. They gave me, at the time for many races, an exemption so I could find a solution.

“Then I went to get it taken out and tried to find a solution, putting it in and out.

“It got infected because of that and I was just continuing on with this infection. I got a blood blister and had quite a sore on my nose.

“Then I went back, this is all stuff I told them before qualifying, I went back and had to have the blood blister fixed, because there was puss and blood.

“I put this back in and in the last two weeks it’s started to heal and they’ve asked that I keep it in. It’s crazy that we’re having to talk about something so small. I take everything else out.

“At this point, I don’t really care to be honest,” Hamilton concluded.

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