The issue of Lewis Hamilton’s jewellery has resurfaced once again at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton was involved in a standoff with the FIA earlier in the season after F1’s governing body decided to start clamping down on drivers wearing items like chains and studs while in the car.
The seven-time world champion was given a dispensation which allowed him to briefly continue wearing a nose stud before having it removed. However, it has been back in at Singapore, which triggered a visit to stewards between the final practice session and qualifying at the Marina Bay street track.
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Hamilton had to answer an alleged breach of Appendix L, Chapter III of the FIA International Sporting Code, which covers helmets, flame-resistant clothing, frontal head restraint, safety belts and wearing of jewellery.
It didn’t affect him in his involvement in qualifying and he went on to post the third fastest time in Q3 behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. After the session, Hamilton insisted there was a very good reason for the stud being back in.
“I am not trying to make a statement,” he said. “I have had my jewellery and my nose stud for years. We had that huge commotion at the beginning of the year. At the time, it was soldered in, so it didn’t come loose.
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“For many races, they gave me an exemption until I could find a solution. I got it taken out, and it got infected because of that.
“I was continuing with this infection and I had a blood blister. I went back to have the blood blister fixed, because there was pus and blood. I put this stud in, and then in the last two weeks it has started to heal and they asked that I keep it in.
“I have got a letter from the doctor. I have tried my best. Hopefully, they will be sensible. The stewards should be there to keep us safe and this is not a safety issue.
“It is crazy that we have to talk about something so small. I take everything out and that. At this point, I don’t really care to be honest.”
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