Niels Wittich recently replaced Michael Masi as one of two new FIA race directors on the back of a controversial decision made in the season-defining race last season.
Known as a stickler for rules, he has issued a warning to all drivers saying that it is imperative that they do not wear any neck jewellery or piercings while racing.
F1 heads to Melbourne for the first Australian Grand Prix following a two-year hiatus.
Wittich was quick to address the drivers.
“The wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the competition & may therefore be checked before the start,” he said.
The FIA has made it clear that this message is not intended at any one individual in particular, but it is known by many F1 fans across the world that Mercedes driver Lewis hamilton wears a nose stud.
FIA has ensured drivers that this decision is not meant to hurt anyone’s fashion choice and is rather just a security measure.
Hamilton, therefore, has a realistic chance of receiving a fine if he does not adhere to this ruling.
Although jewellery has never played a part in leading to fines, it is not as if other drivers have not received fee cuts due to non-conforming uniforms.
Formula E drivers Lucas di Grassi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer were all fined £8,500 for doing this.
Therefore, if Hamilton does not remove his nose accessory, he could very well receive a sanction from FIA.
Mercedes still hasn’t found a solution to early-season troubles
It will only compound matters for the Mercedes driver, who has already found it tough to get going in the 2022 season.
Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff confessed that the team is still some way away from figuring out how to solve its current problems.
“We are in a learning race and the first two weekends have shown we still have plenty to learn,” Wolff said.
“At the moment, our track performance is not meeting our own expectations, but everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is focused on understanding the problems and finding the right solutions.
“There won’t be a magic fix for the next race weekend, but we’re pushing to steadily bring gains over the upcoming races, to hopefully move us closer to the front of the pack.”