Lewis Hamilton has backed down and avoided potential action from the FIA by removing his nose stud for opening practice at the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s jewellery stand-off with the FIA has been ongoing since April’s Australian Grand Prix.
The seven-time F1 world champion was granted a number of medical exemptions by the FIA relating to the taking out of the nose stud – which he said could not be easily removed. His latest exemption expired on Thursday.
PA report that Hamilton wore his media duties at Silverstone with the item of jewellery still in place, but the Formula 1’s governing body has confirmed to the PA news agency that it has been taken it out for the opening action of the weekend at Silverstone, for FP1.
Hamilton would have been required to see the FIA F1 stewards if he did not comply with the directive. F1’s are enforcing a once largely ignored rule on the grounds of safety.
To put it bluntly: Doctors don’t need bits of the nose and ear jewellery swimming in a brain they are trying to save, god forbid it ever got to that. It’s common sense.
Lewis: I will work with Mohammed and his team to progress forward
While a number of options were available to the FIA-appointed stewards – including a reprimand, fine or the docking of championship points – the worst-case scenario for Hamilton was a suspension for a breach of the rules.
Hamilton told reporters on Thursday: “It is kind of crazy with all that is going on in the world, that this is the focus for people. I would say it is worrying. We have so much bigger fish to fry. We need to focus on other important areas.
“I will be racing this weekend and working with the FIA. The matter is not massively important so I will work with [FIA president] Mohammed [ben Sulayem] and his team to progress forward.”
The report adds that Hamilton was afforded a two-race medical exemption at the Miami Grand Prix on May 8 – to the seventh round of the campaign in Monaco on May 29. A second extension was then agreed, but the FIA were not prepared to grant a further exemption. (Additional Reporting by PA)