Monte Carlo (DPA) – Jewelery will be allowed until the end of next month and thus at the Classic in Monaco this weekend and then at the Grand Prix in Azerbaijan and Canada. The time should be used for discussions between drivers and those responsible from the medical field of the FIA.
Superstar Lewis Hamilton insisted, “They accommodate us to some degree, but we should not bring up the subject again.” The jewel lover added to Monte Carlo’s Frog: “There is much more important.”
The 37-year-old Brit was recently given exemption to race in Miami and Barcelona for nose piercings, which are difficult to remove. “I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years. Wasn’t safety a problem then?” Hamilton asked in Miami.
For safety reasons, wearing jewelry in Formula 1 cars has actually not been allowed for many years – so the rules say. So far, however, violations have never been punished.
The reason for the new, more stringent restrictions course, the FIA says, is that rings, chains or piercings could create unnecessary barriers for first responders and doctors in emergencies. In addition, jewelry on the skin as a heat conductor can reduce the protective effect of more fireproof clothing.