The controversy ensued. Niels Wittich, race director at the Miami Grand Prix, the first circuit, this weekend, in the Formula 1 World Championship, has warned the teams that, for safety reasons, random technical checks will be carried out, focusing on the use of jewelery and the correct FIA-approved underwear.
Lewis Hamilton reacted by saying he would not remove at least two of the jewels he is wearing, one of which is in an intimate location and, if necessary, intends to speak directly with the FIA president Mohammad Ben Sulayem.
“We’ve come a long way as a sport, we’re here in Miami and that’s a detail. I’ve been playing sports for 16 years, I’ve been wearing jewelry for 16 years. Everything I have in the car, these are my earrings and a nose ring, which I can’t even take off. It seems pointless to enter into this discussion, so I will try to communicate and work with Mohammed [Ben Sulayem]. I’m here to be an ally of the sport, of Mohammed and of Formula 1 and I think we have more important things to do and have an impact, so that’s what we need to focus on.”
Hamilton says he is ready to find a solution with the FIA, but also admits that his team is prepared for the possibility of not racing: “I cannot remove at least two [brincos], one of them I can’t explain where it is… It’s platinum I have so it’s not magnetic, it’s never been a safety issue in the past and in 16 years I’ve had so many MRI’s and I haven’t had to take the turntable because it’s never been a problem. If they stop me from running, so be it. We have a reserve driver so we are all set and ready for the weekend.
The British pilot went further: “If necessary, I am ready to sign a waiver to release them from liability in this respect, if necessary. I tried to call Mohammed this morning, but he must have been busy. I texted him just to reassure him that I want to be an ally, I don’t want any confusion. It’s very, very silly. I will try to talk to him before the race.