Lewis Hamilton has been cleared to wear his nose stud at the Singapore Grand Prix, but Mercedes receives a €25,000 fine.
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.
“Broadcast footage showed Hamilton wearing an item of jewellery in the form of a body piercing (nose stud) during the session [final practice],” the stewards’ verdict read.
“Hamilton admitted this fact but explained that he had been advised by his doctors not to remove it for the time being.
“In response to a request by the stewards, the team produced reports from a medical practitioner which confirmed Hamilton’s explanation.
“The stewards then consulted the FIA deputy medical delegate, Dr Ian Roberts, who viewed the medical report and concurred with the opinion therein.
“In light of the extenuating circumstances, we have determined to take no further action,” the statement concluded.
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However, the Mercedes team has also been summoned for “inaccurate self-scrutineering form”, in other words they did not report the fact that Lewis was again wearing the nose stud.
The stewards decided to hand the team a €25,000 fine.
“As required by Article 31.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, prior to P1 the team submitted a self-scrutiny form for Car 44 [Hamilton] by which they declared that the driver complied with the requirement not to wear jewellery in the form of a body piercing,” the verdict read.
“That declaration was incorrect in the case of Hamilton who had a nose piercing which he had not removed.
“The team manager explained that the team was unaware that HAM had a piercing. In recent events, Hamilton had removed the piercing prior to the competition.
“The team assumed, without enquiring of Hamilton, that he had followed or would follow the same procedure for this event.
“The stewards accept that the error in the declaration, in this case, was not intentional or deliberate but it would not have occurred had the team made an enquiry of Hamilton before completing and submitting the declaration.
“Given these circumstances, we fine the team €25,000,” the stewards concluded.