The first-ever Miami Grand Prix was by no means going to be a minimalist affair. Formula 1 famous person Lewis Hamilton reminded us of this truth when he piled on the jewellery at a pre-race press convention as we speak in Miami: a location-appropriate trend assertion, sure, but in addition a nod to the F1 governing physique's latest crackdown on drivers carrying jewellery whereas within the automobile, making good on a longstanding however not often enforced rule on this planet of racing.
“I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards, if you think about the steps we are taking as a sport, and the more important issues and causes that we need to be focused on,” Hamilton mentioned throughout the convention this morning, his frustration seen within the eight heavy-duty silver rings, a number of bust-down Cartier Juste un Clou bracelets, stacks of pearl necklaces, and three multicolor IWC watches (curiously all set to completely different occasions) adorning his neck and palms.
“This is such a small thing. I’ve been in the sport for 16 years and I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years. In the car, I only ever have my earrings on and my nose ring, which I can’t even remove. It seems unnecessary for us to get into this spat,” he mentioned, joking he couldn’t have placed on extra jewellery that day if he tried. Aside from the same old equipment, Hamilton, a longtime type maximalist, just lately informed the New York Post he’s “got several piercings that I really can’t take out, that not a lot of people know of,” with amusing. “These ones on my right ear are literally welded in so I’d have to get them chopped off or something like that. So they will be staying.”
“I’m here to be an ally of the sport,” the motive force added on Friday. “There’s bigger fish to fry.”
Hamilton isn’t alone in his stance, both. Fellow driver Pierre Gasly famous that he has “a religious item that I wear with me when I’m racing, which is important to me. I don’t feel comfortable not having that in the car. I do feel like it’s personal; we should have the freedom to do what we feel is right for us,” he mentioned, per ESPN. “At the end of the day, we have the responsibility to go out there and put our lives at risk. It should be a personal choice.”
Leading as much as the Miami race, race director Niels Wittich doubled down on the rule that drivers not put on jewellery whereas driving, per the governing physique’s International Sporting Code. Hamilton, for his half, appeared at peace with the implications. “There’s heaps to do within the metropolis anyway," he joked. For now, at the least, he needn't fear: come afternoon, the FIA had granted Hamilton a two-race exemption from the jewellery ban.