Lewis Hamilton escapes F1 ban with FIA giving Mercedes star 'grace period' on nose ring

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Lewis Hamilton has been given a ‘grace period’ to remove his nose ring by the FIA after begrudgingly taking out his earrings ahead of Friday’s practice sessions at the Miami Grand Prix, according to Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz. Hamilton, who regularly wears jewellery while racing, appears to have taken exception to the FIA’s clampdown on drivers wearing watches, necklaces, earrings and other accessories when behind the wheel.

Hamilton is not the only driver on the F1 grid to often wear jewellery but is certainly the most high-profile and it has been suggested by many onlookers that he is being specifically targeted by the FIA’s decision to take a firm stance on the matter this season. Kravitz explained after FP1 on Friday that Hamilton was ultimately forced to remove his earrings but could struggle to get rid of his nose ring as a result of the hole closing up, with the 37-year-old having been given a ‘grace period’ to meet the FIA’s demands.

“They [Mercedes] hadn’t completed a form ceritifying that Lewis Hamilton was in compliance with the rules saying you’re not allowed piercings or nose rings,” said Kravitz.

“Mercedes did [eventually] file a scrutineering form to say that he has removed them [his earrings], but we understand that Lewis was unable to remove his nose piercing because the hole has closed up significantly that he actually can’t do it and it has to be removed.

“We now understand that Lewis has a grace period to get the nose ring out. The earrings, he was forced effectively by the FIA to take them out, but the nose piercing stays until when?”

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