The FIA has included checking of jewellery and underwear into each team’s scrutineering submission ahead of a race weekend.
Ahead of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix, race director Niels Wittich has reminded drivers that under the International Sporting Code wearing jewellery is not allowed while driving the car.
He also reminded drivers that only special fire-proof underwear, which complies with the FIA’s requirements, is allowed to be worn in the car.
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 Lewis commented on the ban, saying he did not “really understand the small things they are picking up”, and added he doesn’t intend to remove his jewellery, as some of it has to be ‘chopped off’.
Well, it seems the FIA went a step further ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, as Wittich announced that checking of jewellery and underwear will from now on be included into each team’s scrutineering submission ahead of a race weekend.
In his pre-race notes, Wittich explained the reasons for taking this matter so seriously.
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“The use of non-flameproof materials in contact with the driver’s skin, and in particular synthetic materials, can reduce heat transmission protection and thus increase the risk of burn injuries in the event of a fire,” the notes read.
“In the worst case such materials may melt which can hinder treatment in the event of a burn injury.
“The wearing of jewellery during the competition can hinder both medical interventions as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment should it be required following an accident,” added Wittich’s note.
“The presence of jewellery can slow, due to the risk of ‘snagging’, the emergency removal of driver safety equipment such as helmet, balaclava, and overalls.
“In the case that medical imaging is required to inform diagnosis following an accident the presence of jewellery on the body can cause significant complication and delay.
“In the worst case the presence of jewellery during imaging may cause further injury. Jewellery in and/or around the airway can pose specific additional risks should it become dislodged during an accident and either ingested or inhaled.”