Hamilton won’t comply with ban: “I’ll wear four watches next time”

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Lewis Hamilton says he won’t comply with the FIA’s jewellery ban, adding that he “got an exemption” in Miami and will “get an exemption for the rest of the year”.

Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix the FIA granted Lewis Hamilton an exemption on the jewellery ban for the next two races, however he must remove all jewellery in time for the Monaco Grand Prix.

However, after Saturday’s Qualifying, Lewis said he has no intention to comply.

“I got an exemption here, I’ll get an exemption for the rest of the year,” the Briton said.

“Wedding rings are allowed,” he added.

He was then asked what he will do in Monaco, where he is expected to remove all of his piercings.

“I’ll wear four watches next time,” Lewis joked.

“When they told me about the jewellery, they said safety is everything,” he continued.

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“And I said, ‘Well, what’s happened over the last 16 years? I’ve had jewellery for the last 16 years, so was safety not an issue back then?'”

And speaking of wedding rings, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen will not be happy if he is required to remove his.

“I understand what they are they saying,” Magnussen said,

“But it is a wedding ring around your finger. I’ll take a little bit of extra burn on my finger to race in my wedding ring.

“And if something was going to happen, something bad, I would want to wear my wedding ring. It kind of feels bad to take it off.

“With something like that, like your wedding ring, let us take that responsibility. There must be somehow to remove liability,” concluded the Dane.

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