Kravitz: “Looks like the war between Hamilton and the FIA continues”

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Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz says Lewis Hamilton’s quarrel with the FIA over their jewellery ban could lead to Lewis not being allowed to participate in races.

Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix the FIA announced that checking of jewellery has been included into each team’s scrutineering submission ahead of races.

Considering how Lewis Hamilton is possibly the only driver known to wear nose and ear piercings, some have speculated that the ‘reminder’ was aimed at him directly.

Subsequently Hamilton said he was prepared to miss a race if he is not allowed to wear some of his piercings.

Thankfully this wasn’t necessary as the FIA has given him an exemption from this rule for the Miami and Spanish Grands Prix weekends, however he has to remove the jewellery by the Monaco Grand Prix (May 27-29).

However, after the Miami Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis said he has no intention to comply with the ban, adding that he “got an exemption” in Miami and will “get an exemption for the rest of the year”.

While commenting on the issue, Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz said this quarrel could potentially lead to Lewis not being allowed to participate in races.


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“He’s taken his earrings out but he can’t take out his nose [stud] and we thought he was going to have minor surgery to take out the nose [stud],” Kravitz said.

“Hamilton’s now saying, having been given two races’ grace, here [in Miami] and in Barcelona, that he will not take out his nose [stud].

“He doesn’t want to, doesn’t think it’s something the FIA should be doing, so it looks like the war between Hamilton and the FIA continues.

“Is he going to rack up fines when we get to Monaco and he hasn’t taken it out because the hole has closed up? It’s not as easy as him being able to just take it out like he can his earrings.

“So there is a little storm brewing. Hamilton has said they can fine me whatever they want, but it’s not as simple as that.

“If the FIA decide to not scrutineer the driver, which it looks like they can do, they can stop Lewis from going out of the pit lane at the beginning of Friday practice because he has not been scrutineered – the driver is now effectively scrutineered in the same way as a car is.

“So this could get very nasty quite quickly in a race-and-a-half’s time,” the Briton concluded.

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