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Lewis Hamilton threatens Formula 1 boycott over jewelry ban

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Lewis Hamilton has already protested the Formula 1 jewelry ban (Picture: Getty)

Mr. Lewis Hamilton continues to lead protests against the Formula 1 jewelry ban and has indicated he will boycott future races if it is upheld.

In April, the FIA ​​announced it would crack down on drivers who wear jewelry in the car, telling them they would be forced to remove any rings, piercings, watches and bracelets that did not comply with their regulations comply or risk being disqualified from the race.

F1 Racing Director Niels Wittich said: “The wearing of jewelery during competition can hamper both medical procedures and subsequent diagnosis and treatment should this be required following an accident.

“The presence of jewelry can delay emergency removal of driver safety equipment such as a helmet, balaclava and overalls.

“The wearing of jewelry in the form of piercings or metal necklaces is prohibited during the competition and can therefore be checked before the start.”

But Hamilton, who has already expressed his dissatisfaction with the rules, went a step further to show his dissatisfaction at this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix by showing up for Friday’s press conference with rings on each finger, three watches and wore several necklaces.

F1 Miami Grand Prix - Practice

Hamilton wore three watches and rings on each finger despite FIA ​​rules (Getty)

‘If you [the FIA] told me about the jewelry, they said ‘safety is everything’ the Mercedes man claims.

“I said, ‘Well, what’s happened in the last 16 years? I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years. So security wasn’t an issue back then?”

“I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards when you think about the steps we’re taking as a sport and the bigger causes we need to focus on.

“I think we’ve made really big strides as a sport. It’s such a small thing.’

Hamilton has several piercings on his body, some of which he claims cannot be removed, and as such the seven-time world champion has been given a leave of absence for the next two races.

But the 37-year-old is ready to boycott all future grands prix unless the FIA ​​relaxes its rules.

“I got an exemption here, I’ll get an exemption the rest of the year. Wedding rings are allowed,’ Hamilton added.

“If they stop me, then so be it. We have a backup driver so we are all ready and prepared for the weekend. There’s a lot to do in the city anyway!’

Other drivers also share Hamilton’s view on the matter, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly saying: “I think there are bigger things to focus on.

“I have a religious item that I wear to races, which is important to me. I don’t feel comfortable if I don’t have this in the car.

“I think it’s personal, we should have the freedom to do what we think is right. At the end of the day, we have a responsibility to go out there and put our lives on the line. It should be a personal choice.”

Meanwhile, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel showed up for Saturday’s qualifying session in boxer shorts over his racing overalls, seemingly mocking the FIA’s stance that drivers are not allowed to wear non-fireproof underwear.

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