Sebastian Vettel recently claimed that the FIA’s jewelry ban may be personally targeting eight-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Briton drove the jewels throughout his racing career.
At a press conference ahead of the opening Grand Prix in Miami, the German claimed he understood the safety concerns. However, he felt it was not entirely acceptable to rob a driver’s “personal freedom”, whether it pertains to choices made on or off the track. Vettel said:
“I think it’s somewhat unnecessary to blow this topic up. Maybe at this point, it’s a bit more personal and I feel it’s aimed specifically at Lewis. [Hamilton]. I mean we talked about lingerie too, is that the hottest thing we could be talking about? So, in a way, there’s a safety concern obviously if you have things and if the car catches on fire it’s going to be annoying but on the other hand, in a sense, it’s personal freedom and we’re old enough to make our choices outside the car, we have to be old Enough to make choices inside the car, too.”
Drivers have been allowed to wear jewellery on the race track since 2005. Despite the ban, Hamilton previously admitted to wearing jewellery inside the car and vowed to continue to do so regardless of Formula 1 racing director Nils Whitich’s warning about the same.
‘Almost like a step back’ – Lewis Hamilton opposes FIA jewelry ban
Lewis Hamilton attended the press conference before the Miami Grand Prix wearing 3 watches, 8 rings, 4 necklaces and 2 earrings. This was after the FIA reinforced its new strict guidelines regarding the use of jewellery on the track.
Describing it as a “step back”, the Briton shared his disappointment with the new rule, stressing that this would be an “unnecessary” dispute. He said:
“Couldn’t get any more jewelry today. I don’t really have much to add compared to last time when I talked about it. It almost feels like a step back. If you think about the steps we’re taking as a sport. All the more important issues and reasons we need to focus on. It’s Little thing. I’ve been doing sports for 16 years… In the car, I only wear earrings and my nose ring, which I can’t really take off.”
Lewis Hamilton has had a rough start to the 2022 season and he is struggling to keep up with new teammate George Russell.