The jewellery ban on drivers in F1 has been around for a while now, but it is only in recent times that the FIA, under new leadership, has decided to clamp down on it.
For Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, this is a ban that he believes is targeted almost exclusively at him.
The British racer is one of the biggest names in the sport and has won a record-tying seven world championships during his time in the sport.
Given his penchant for the fashion industry, Hamilton often displays his array of fashion whenever he romps up to a Grand Prix venue.
It goes without saying that jewellery is a big part of Hamilton’s fashion statement, with his piercings serving as “an extension of his personality”.
Race director Niels Wittich has spoken about how the jewellery ban — which has been around since 2005 — will become far stricter this season according to FIA’s International Sporting Code.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Hamilton spoke about how this puts him in a tricky position.
“I’ve got certain piercings that I really just can’t take out that not many people know of,” he said.
Now, in a candid conversation with Vanity Fair, Hamilton discussed a vast array of subjects.
Was the jewellery ban targeted at Hamilton?
The jewellery ban was naturally something that would come up again, but Hamilton jokingly brushed all problems aside.
“As I said, I can’t remove at least two of them. One, I can’t really explain where it is,” he said.
“I was just f**king with it. I don’t have any other piercings anywhere. But I love that there’s this thinking: Sh*t, has he got his b*lls pierced?”
To defy the ban, Hamilton was seen arriving at the Miami GP press conference wearing a lot of jewellery and three watches as well.
He had 8 rings, 4 necklaces and 2 earrings, but one can imagine this may not even be close to his full collection.
Hamilton did this purely as a reaction to FIA’s strict jewellery rule.
“People love to have power. And to enforce power,” the Silver Arrows driver said.
On being asked directly if he felt the ban was aimed at him, he said, “I mean, yeah. Because I’m the only one that has jewellery on, really.”
With safety being the factor behind the rule coming in place, Hamilton did eventually comply with the mandate.