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Lewis Hamilton faces ‘years of agony and pain’ by failing to comply with jewelery and underwear ban and could miss Monaco Grand Prix due to piercings he ‘cannot remove’


Formula 1 drivers who fail to comply with jewelery and underwear regulations could experience “years of agony and pain”, according to the head of the drivers’ association.

Despite the jewelry and underwear ban resulting in multiple grid jokes and many goofy headlines, drivers have been warned the rule is no laughing matter.

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Hamilton put on all his jewelry before the Miami race

Lewis Hamilton faces ‘years of agony and pain’ by failing to comply with jewelery and underwear ban and could miss Monaco Grand Prix due to piercings he ‘cannot remove’

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And Vettel followed suit

F1’s governing body, the FIA, has publicly reinforced a longstanding rule on driver attire, which has been rejected by a number of sports stars including Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton was seen carrying an abundance of silverware at a press conference in a clear dig at the FIA, while Aston Martin’s Vettel went even further as he strolled around the paddock in par- over his racing suit.

However, the FIA ​​stood firm and Hamilton was even warned that he could be expelled from the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29 if he did not remove a nose piercing which he said he “cannot remove. “.

“I can’t delete at least two,” Hamilton said. “One that I can’t really explain where it is.

“If they arrest me [racing] so be it, we have a spare driver, there’s plenty to do in the city anyway, so I’ll be good either way.

Despite opposition on the grid, Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chief Alex Wurz explained why the rule is so important, but the message was lost.


Lewis Hamilton faces ‘years of agony and pain’ by failing to comply with jewelery and underwear ban and could miss Monaco Grand Prix due to piercings he ‘cannot remove’

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Hamilton metal items could be dangerous

The former McLaren and Williams driver said: “It’s a rule for the right reasons.

“I probably would have liked a slightly different approach to how to deliver the message.

“I don’t want to end up in football where there are more hands up and verbal abuse, you have to work together. That’s a style I would have preferred in this case.

But even with the loss of the message, Wurz was keen to restore it, citing an example of how unregulated body clothing can be disastrous in the event of a car fire.

Lewis Hamilton faces ‘years of agony and pain’ by failing to comply with jewelery and underwear ban and could miss Monaco Grand Prix due to piercings he ‘cannot remove’

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Wurz is a highly respected figure in the paddock and important to the sport’s safety

Recalling a lecture from Danish driver Kris Nissen who was burned in a sports car race in 1988, Wurz was disturbed by the damage that non-flame-retardant bodywear can cause.

Wurz said: “He showed his body and said ‘look at this’.

“For him, the most painful thing after a fire, and it wasn’t a long fire, was the rubber in his normal pants that was burned into the skin.

Lewis Hamilton faces ‘years of agony and pain’ by failing to comply with jewelery and underwear ban and could miss Monaco Grand Prix due to piercings he ‘cannot remove’

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Grosjean’s horrific accident could have been worse if he was wearing illegal clothing

“He said [it was] for years of agony and pain. And it educated me.

“At the moment, I said I didn’t want to experience those consequences, just for taking my pants off and putting on flame retardant underwear. Same with the jewelry.

Just as recently as 2020, former F1 driver Romain Grosjean was scarred for life in a horrific accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix, requiring surgery on his hands while only in the cockpit for a short time period.

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