Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz thinks the FIA’s jewellery clampdown is “specifically targeted at Lewis Hamilton who of course has ear piercings and a nose piercing”.
Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, the FIA reminded drivers that Formula 1’s regulations prohibit body piercings and metal neck chains during on-track action.
Since Lewis Hamilton is the only driver who regularly wears nose and ear piercings, some observers noted that this sudden clampdown is targeting the Briton specifically.
One of those observers is Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz.
“We checked with Mick Schumacher who wears, when he’s not in the car, a metal chain necklace and he says he doesn’t wear it in the car, so it isn’t him,” Kravitz said.
“So it did seem to be on the face of it, a measure, or wanting to enforce a rule specifically targeted at Lewis Hamilton who of course has ear piercings and a nose piercing.”
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Kravitz then said the FIA denied this was the case.
“I asked the FIA this and they said no absolutely not,” he explained.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with the piercings tomorrow [on race day] because they said they would check it before the race.
“So what are they going to do? Go up to Lewis Hamilton, someone is going to check if he has his nose piercing in or if he has his earrings in. What is this about?
“Your right the FIA might be saying it’s all about safety, but come on, have they not got bigger priorities?” concluded Kravitz.