SILVERSTONE – Lewis Hamilton removed his nose stud ahead of British Grand Prix, seemingly over Controversy over Formula One’s jewelry ban.
This year, the FIA clarified a long-standing rule in F1 regulation that forbids drivers from wearing jewelry during races, something Hamilton has defied.
The seven-time world champion said he couldn’t easily remove the nose nail because it was soldered in.
At the Monaco Grand Prix Hamilton was exempted from two races to remove the stud.
Hamilton had previously suggested a ban on the cards if he refused to take the stud, saying before the Miami Grand Prix he would not race if the FIA wanted to enforce the rule.
In fact, he already faces a fine in the first three cases, with a restraining order that will then be enforced if he continues to defy the rule.
On Friday, during practice for his home race, television cameras showed Hamilton without a nail in his nose, ending the showdown between the seven-time world champion and the governing body. race.
Ahead of this race, Hamilton said the jewelry ban looked even more pointless amid the biggest news story of the week, which saw three-time world champion Nelson Piquet banned from the training ground for using a racial slur to describe the Mercedes driver.
Speaking on Thursday, Hamilton said: “With all due respect, it’s crazy to think that, with everything that’s going on in the world, that’s everyone’s focus. And I would say it’s worth it. concerned that we already have too many bigger fish to fry.
“We really have to start focusing on other more important areas. I’ll be racing this weekend, I’ll be working with the FIA.
“I would say that this issue is not particularly important.”