Toto Wolff expects “good resolution” of the Hamilton – FIA dispute

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he expects the FIA and Lewis Hamilton to “come to a good resolution”, regardless of “where the piercings stayed or did not”.

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).


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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff ultimately expects “a good resolution”.

“I think what was needed was a dialogue between Lewis and Mohammed [Ben Sulayem, FIA President],” the Austrian said.

“It is clear that the regulations are here to protect the drivers but on the other side, we need to keep the possibility of diversity and the means of expressing yourself.

“We know that this is important for Lewis so yesterday, without going into detail where the piercings stayed or did not, I’m sure they will come to a good resolution,” Wolff concluded.

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