Jewellery gate rumbles on in Formula One as the stewards considered breaches by Mercedes long after the Singapore qualifying session had finished. Lewis has been fighting a running battle with the FIA throughout the season, claiming it is culturally relevant that he wears certain forms of jewellery, implying discrimination when being told to follow the ‘no jewellery in the cockpit” rule that has been around for the best part of a decade.
Hamilton was pictured during FP3 with his nose piercing in. Something he has not worn since the FIA crackdown at the Belgian GP.
The FIA were considering two breaches by Mercedes:
Firstly the driver breaching the jewellery rules and secondly the improperly completed self declaration of compliance to the scrutiniseers.
Ted Kravitz revealed, “It seems to be – and I don’t have this on any sort of confirmed authority – when Lewis was on holiday in the states between Monza and here [Singapore] he re pierced his nose and put their piercing [stud] back in.”
“He was then advised not to take it out – I dunno if it got infected or something.”
“He knew he had to come and declare the car in line with the scrutineers.”
Mercedes break the rules too
Mercedes then put their self certified scrutineering form into the stewards declaring they were in line with all scrutineering requirements. Of course they weren’t because Lewis was wearing jewellery.
Kravitz added, “Is there a breach? Clearly. Yes clearly Lewis had a nose piercing in but he might get away with that….. Mercedes declared there car in line with scrutineering regulations – it was not – so clearly there’s going to be a penalty for that.”
Lewis claims its a health issue
Hamilton was asked in the drivers’ media pen how come the nose pin was back in.
“It got infected loads of times when I was trying to find a solution. I went back to the clinic and that’s the best way for it to heal.”
“For me its a health [matter] so that’s the way it is and that’s the way its going to have to stay,” said Hamilton
The stewards in the end decided not to p[unish Hamilton, but have fined Mercedes 25,000 Euros for filing an improper scrutineering self declaration form.
He was on-course for an unbelievable lap 😱
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