“They will have to cut off my ear to have them removed” – Corriere.it

from Lorenzo Nicolao

At the end of the Australian GP, ​​the Englishman replied to the notice from the race direction as follows: I have no intention of taking off earrings and piercings. They are personal effects. They won’t make me change my mind, because everyone must be able to be what they are, even on the track

The seven times world champion does not fit: To get my earring off, they’ll have to cut off my ear. At the end of the Australian Grand Prix won on 10 April by Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton – fourth at the checkered flag and fifth in the drivers’ standings with 28 points – returned to the extra-technical issues plus debate over the weekend. Before the tests on Friday, a note from the race director Niels Wittich had in fact recalled the rule according to which, in addition to the ban on wearing non-fireproof synthetic underwear, there is also a ban on using jewelery in the form of piercings or metal chains during competitions, with the possibility that everything can be checked by the judges before the pilots leave. A precaution foreseen by the regulation in order to safeguard the health and safety of the pilots and not to hinder the work of medical personnel in emergency situations.

The reporters present at Melbourne’s Albert Park, who noticed Hamilton’s left ear piercing, just before he put on his balaclava, put on his helmet and climbed aboard his Mercedes W13, once the GP was over, so posed the inevitable question to the English driver, who promptly and harshly replied to the FIA. I have no intention of removing it. These objects represent personal effects and everyone must be free to do as he pleases, whether to take them off or leave them, even when on the track. They won’t make me change my mind, because everyone must be able to be what they are. I will continue to be.

The issue had already been addressed in a press conference, during a curtain with Max Verstappen, but the FIA ​​promises zero tolerance for violators of this rule which dates back to 2005 and not due to the English, despite Hamilton having made earrings and necklaces a trademark of his outfit, even in the paddock. Article 5 of the third chapter of Appendix L of the International Sporting Regulations (Isc) was written when the champion was still playing in GP2, two years away from his F1 debut. It was Christian Klien, then a Red Bull driver, who created the precedent, because he used to wear an earring, consequently bringing the theme to the attention of the referees. The FIA ​​imposed the ban and Klien followed the new rule, but only for a year, since the Austrian would have left the Circus as early as 2006. The problem has not arisen until today, since the same test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi , also in Red Bull at the time of the introduction of the rule, did not respond to the leaders of F1 in a very similar way to Hamilton, saying that they should have taken his ear off and that the judges were sticking to nothing.

Hamilton also added a practical example to reinforce his position: Not just a stance, but also a fact. There are things I just can’t remove. I literally can’t do that, because earrings like the one I’m wearing are welded inside. They should be cut and it is certainly not a one-minute operation. An answer that in itself would not justify a derogation from the FIA ​​regulation. Now it will depend on the top management of F1 whether to check and eventually sanction the English driver. The battle has just begun.

April 11, 2022 (change April 11, 2022 | 11:54 am)

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