Sebastian Vettel says the FIA’s jewellery ban is “probably at this stage it’s more of a personal thing”, and “in a particular way targeted to Lewis”.
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.
Well, at 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.
This prompted Hamilton to say 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 Hamilton 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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At the Friday press conference Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was asked about this topic, and he bluntly said he believes the FIA is targeting Lewis.
“Well, I think it is a bit unnecessary to blow this topic up,” the German said.
“Probably at this stage it’s more of a personal thing. And I feel in a particular way targeted to Lewis.
“I mean, we spoke about underpants as well. But really, is that the most exciting thing we can talk about?
“So in a way, you know, there’s a concern for safety. Obviously, if you have stuff and the car does catch fire, then it will be unpleasant.
“But on the other hand, I think, you know, to some degree, it’s personal freedom.
“We’re old enough to make our choices outside the car, we should be old enough to make choices also inside the car,” Vettel concluded.