Lewis Hamilton has advised Formulation One’s rulers that he will have to chop off his ear to meet up with their jewellery calls for.
While the prohibition of body piercings has been in place considering the fact that 2004, F1’s new race director Niels Wittich introduced the rule to the fore in his pre-race notes here in Melbourne prior to addressing the subject matter specifically with Hamilton and his peers in a two-hour drivers’ briefing.
Wittich claims the legislation is there to guard the driver by not hindering a fast escape from their automobile.
But in a display of defiance, Hamilton competed at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix with piercings in equally ears and a nose stud.
“I really do not have any designs on removing them,” stated the 37-calendar year-outdated, who finished fourth at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
“They are private points. You must be ready to be who you are. There is stuff that I can not move.
“I pretty much are not able to even get these out. These types on my suitable ear are welded in so I would have to get it chopped off. They will be remaining.”
The FIA clause states that “the donning of jewellery in the kind of overall body piercing or steel neck chains is prohibited for the duration of the opposition and may thus be checked prior to the start out.”
Hamilton could theoretically be fined or docked points if he breaks the sporting code.
Nonetheless, is understood the FIA are waiting around to see if Hamilton’s stance will transform in excess of the coming races before determining no matter whether action is necessary.