September 25, 2022

Lewis Hamilton has slammed the FIA, calling their focus on jewelery an “unnecessary spat”; His medical exemption for his nose stud expired on Thursday and he has since withdrawn it for Friday practice at Silverstone; Watch the British GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend

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Lewis Hamilton has been granted a number of medical exemptions for his jewellery, with the last expiring on Thursday.

Lewis Hamilton has avoided potential action by Formula 1’s governing body by removing his nose stud for opening practice at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton has been at an impasse with the FIA ​​since the Australian Grand Prix in April and has won a number of medical exemptions from the FIA ​​over the removal of the nose stud – which he says could not be easily removed.

After his last exemption expired on Thursday, the seven-time world champion carried out his media duties at Silverstone with the jewel still in place, but the FIA ​​confirmed to the PA news agency that it had been withdrawn for the opening action of the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton has been ordered to remove his earrings and given a two-race exemption on his nose piercing after Formula 1 continued its crackdown on drivers wearing jewellery.

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Lewis Hamilton has been ordered to remove his earrings and given a two-race exemption on his nose piercing after Formula 1 continued its crackdown on drivers wearing jewellery.

Lewis Hamilton has been ordered to remove his earrings and given a two-race exemption on his nose piercing after Formula 1 continued its crackdown on drivers wearing jewellery.

Hamilton would have been forced to see the stewards had he failed to comply with the FIA ​​with the Formula 1 regulator’s intention to enforce the rule for safety reasons.

While a number of options were available to stewards – including a reprimand, a fine or the docking of championship points – the worst-case scenario for Hamilton was a suspension for breaching the rules.

Hamilton had previously criticized the FIA’s crackdown on drivers wearing jewellery, calling it a “step backwards” and “unnecessary spat” and on Thursday reiterated his stance on the matter.

“It’s kind of crazy with everything that’s going on in the world, whether it’s on people’s minds,” Hamilton said.

“I would say it’s worrying. We have so many bigger fish to fry. We need to focus on other important areas.

“I will race this weekend and work with the FIA. The issue is not extremely important, so I will work with [FIA president] Mohammed [ben Sulayem] and his team to progress.”

Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewellery, admitting there are bigger issues to focus on.

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Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewellery, admitting there are bigger issues to focus on.

Lewis Hamilton says he will work with the FIA ​​to resolve the ongoing dispute over his jewellery, admitting there are bigger issues to focus on.

Hamilton was granted a two-race medical exemption at the Miami Grand Prix on May 8 – until round seven of the campaign in Monaco on May 29 before a second extension was subsequently agreed.

However, the FIA ​​was unwilling to grant a further exemption.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff made it clear his team’s aim was to clear up this controversy and said Hamilton understood there was a safety issue.

Speaking to the PA News Agency on Thursday: “We know there is a safety issue with drivers and Lewis understands that.

“The FIA ​​has made compromises so far. I expect the dialogue to continue and there will be no controversy this weekend. That will go away.

“Then we discuss wedding rings, nose piercings and the implications for driver safety.”