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When F1 headed to Australia last month, there was a firm reminder from the FIA about the strict rules about wearing jewellery behind the wheel. One familiar face who always wears plenty of cool pieces and even joked that he “couldn’t get any more jewellery on today” is Lewis Hamilton.

The seven-time champ has been very vocal about the fact he isn’t keen to – or simply cannot – remove some of the accessories on his body. He also showed up to the presser with eight rings, four necklaces, earrings and three watches!

Ahead of the Miami GP this weekend, Race Director Niels Wittich reminded drivers that the Sporting Regulations had been amended for this event to include checks relating to compliance of correct underwear and the wearing of jewellery.

“I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards,” Hamilton stated during the Miami press conference.

“If you think of the steps we’ve taken as the sport and the more important issues and causes that we need to be focused on. I think we’ve made such great strides as a sport… we’re here in Miami… this is such a small thing.

“I’ve been in the sport for 16 years, and I’ve been wearing jewellery for 16 years. In the car, I only have my earrings on and my nose ring, which I can’t even remove.”

Hamilton said he would try to communicate with the FIA and its President and explained that he thinks there are “bigger fish to fry”.

“I appreciate the FIA looking after our safety,” Pierre Gasly added. “It’s also their priority and our priority. In my personal case, I also have religious items that I wear with me when I’m racing, which are important to me, and which I don’t feel comfortable not having with me driving the car.

“I do feel it’s a little bit personal. We should have the freedom to do what feels right for us.”

Lewis even added that he’d be willing to sign a waiver to take on some responsibility away from the FIA, if needs be!

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