Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton cleared to race in Bahrain after clashing with FIA over nostril stud

Formula One nice Lewis Hamilton was cleared to race within the first apply session of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday after having his jewellery inspected.

Hamilton clashed with governing physique FIA final yr over the carrying of knickknack, and was cleared on the Singapore GP in October for carrying a nostril stud.

Hamilton defined to stewards on the time that he needed to preserve the stud in due to issues linked to a blood blister on his nostril, which occurred as a result of he stored having to take the stud out for races.


The FIA didn’t point out his nostril stud in its assertion Friday, however stated in its verdict that the seven-time F1 champion had acquired a medical exemption regarding “considerations about disfigurement.”

The stewards thought of a breach of Article 5 of the FIA’s sporting code — the carrying of knickknack — and took no additional motion in opposition to Hamilton after listening to from a Mercedes staff consultant and receiving a medical report requesting an exemption.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives for an interview in Sakhir, Bahrain, on March 2, 2023.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives for an interview in Sakhir, Bahrain, on March 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

“The Stewards consulted the FIA Medical Delegate, who seen the medical report, examined the driving force and concurred with the opinion therein,” the FIA assertion stated. “We have decided to take no additional motion as there are considerations about disfigurement with frequent makes an attempt at removing of the machine.”

Last May, Hamilton protested an FIA crackdown on jewellery — comparable to physique piercings — by exhibiting up on the Miami GP carrying each piece of knickknack he may match on his physique and suggesting he was prepared to take a seat out races over the difficulty.

He stored his nostril stud in on the Monaco GP in late May after motorsport’s governing physique prolonged the exemption on drivers carrying jewellery, however expressed frustration on the challenge.

“Honestly, I really feel like there’s simply means an excessive amount of time and power being given to this,” Hamilton stated in Monaco. “We shouldn’t should carry on revisiting this factor each weekend. We’ve positively acquired greater fish to fry.”

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