Formula One risk new row with Lewis Hamilton over his NOSE STUD, as they launch crackdown on drivers wearing jewelery while racing and could force the deposed champion to remove his or otherwise face a fine
- Formula One drivers are not allowed to wear jewelery while behind the wheel
- Drivers have been reminded of the ruling ahead of the Australian Grand Prix
- Hamilton has previously sported a nose stud behind the wheel of his Mercedes
- Anyone found to breach the new ruling will be issued with a fine
Formula One drivers have been served a reminder that they are banned from wearing jewelery while racing ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
The ruling was included in the Melbourne event notes that was issued by new F1 race director Niels Wittich, who will share the position with Eduardo Freitas following the sacking of Michael Masi.
This will affect drivers including Lewis Hamilton who has been seen sporting a nose stud while behind the wheel of his Mercedes.
Formula One drivers have been reminded that they are banned from wearing jewelery while racing such as nose studs which seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton wears
It has been part of the sporting regulations since 2005, though drivers who have worn jewelery behind the wheel have not been penalized.
The new race directors though are set to take a sterner stance and fine those who are caught wearing any form of body piercing or metal neck chains.
It’s said the reminder is not aimed at any one person and that multiple drivers up and down the grid have been spotted wearing jewelery – also including rings and bracelets.
A number of drivers have been spotted wearing jewelery while racing this season
New race directors Niels Wittich (pictured) and Eduardo Freitas are to take a sterner approach against those wearing jewelery with drivers set to receive fines if they are caught
There is a risk the stricter approach could spark a new row with seven-time champion Hamilton.
Hamilton was seen wearing a nose stud at both last year’s season-ending Abu Dhabi GP and this year’s opener in Bahrain, where it was clearly visible through his open visor.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) confirmed a nose stud would fall foul of the ban, raising the prospect of Hamilton being forced to remove it.
The rule prohibiting the wearing of jewelery is Article 5 of the third chapter of Appendix L of the governing body’s International Sporting Code (ISC).
The full wording of the rule states: ‘The wearing of jewelery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the competition and may therefore be checked before the start.’
The FIA first instigated in 2005 what was then described as ‘an immediate ban on the wearing of jewelery (body piercing and heavy chains) by race and rally competitors’, with the rule later adopted into the ISC.
Drivers have been banned from wearing jewelery since 2005 but no punishments were issued
It was brought in to prevent piercings and chains injuring the driver in the event of a collision, and the FIA said it also applied to the wearing of rings and bracelets.
There was also concern jewelery could slow drivers getting out of the car after a heavy crash.
Wittrich is one of two new F1 race directors, in an alternating arrangement with Freitas, following the ousting of Masi in the wake of the controversial climax to last season, which saw Hamilton denied a record-breaking eighth world title.
Hamilton faces an uphill challenge this weekend with his Mercedes team on the backfoot
Masi’s controversial call to only allow drivers between Hamilton and Max Verstappen to unlap themselves, led to the Dutchman passing his rival on the last lap on much fresher tires and claiming his maiden championship.
This led to appeals from Mercedes in the aftermath of the race in which they eventually dropped.
Hamilton has already been cast 29 points adrift in the championship race after he finished only 10th at the second round in Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago.
Mercedes have dominated the sport since 2014 – carrying Hamilton to six titles and winning an unprecedented eight constructors’ championships in succession.
However, they have failed to get the best of the new regulations for this season so far, with Red Bull and Ferrari leaving the Brackley based outfit playing catch-up.