Lewis Hamilton believes the FIA was targeting him specifically with the enforcement of the jewellery ban, and adds he was “just f***ing with it”.
Earlier this year, Lewis Hamilton was involved in a dispute with the FIA over wearing of jewellery in the car.
F1 drivers have been forbidden from wearing any jewellery while driving since 2005, for safety reasons, however, the governing organization decided to start enforcing the rule this year.
“People love to have power, and to enforce power,” Lewis said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“Since I was a kid—rules, I’ve never loved being told what to do.”
Asked if he feels the FIA was targeting him specifically, he said:
“I mean, yeah. Because I’m the only one that has jewelry on, really.”
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Lewis then revealed he decided to play with it, so he arrived at the pre Miami Grand Prix press conference wearing as much jewellery as he could.
He also threatened to miss a race and added there was some jewellery on him that cannot be seen and some which he cannot be taken out easily.
“I just put on as much as I could. As I said, I can’t remove at least two of them. One, I can’t really explain where it is. I was just f***ing with it. I don’t have any other piercings anywhere.
“But I love that there’s this thinking: ‘Shit, has he got his balls pierced?’” Lewis concluded.