Lewis Hamilton disagrees with the FIA’s decision not to allow the drivers to wear jewelry while racing.
It was announced recently that the FIA would increase the control on the drivers wearing jewelry. The information regarding it would be included in scrutineering ahead of the start of a race weekend.
Hamilton was not happy with the decision and wore a lot of jewelry during the press-conference as a protest. He also shared his thoughts about the clampdown.
“I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards,” he said.
“If you think of the steps we’re taking as a sport, and the more important issues and causes that we need to be focusing on and really pushing.
“I think we made such great strides as a sport. Now we’re here in Miami and this is such a small thing.
“I’ve been in the sport for 16 years; I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years. In the car, I only have my earrings on and my nose ring, which I can’t even remove, so it seems unnecessary for us to get into this spat.
“I think we’ve got bigger fish to fry, bigger things to do, more impact to have, so I think that’s really where the focus should be.
“It’s platinum, that I have, so it’s not magnetic, and it’s never been a safety issue in the past. I’ve had so many MRI scans, for example, and I don’t have to take out my platinum ones, because it’s not an issue.
“If they stop me, so be it. We have spare drivers, so we’re ready and prepared for the weekend. There is lots to do in this city so, I’ll be good either way!”
The Mercedes driver also revealed that he would like to talk with the FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem on the matter.
“I’m willing to sign a waiver, to take the responsibility away from them [the FIA], if they want me to.
“I tried calling Mohammed this morning, he was busy, but I sent him a message just reassuring him that I want to be an ally. I don’t want to fight. It’s very, very silly.
“But I’ve not heard back yet, so maybe he’s texting me, I don’t know. But I’ll try and speak to him before the race.”