Saturday, May 07, 2022

Motor racers bridle at jewellery ban

The FIA (Federation International de l'Automobile) tightened its rules on Formula One racing drivers wearing jewellery and piercings this week, supposedly all in the interest of driver safety in the event of an accident or fire.

Many drivers are blasting the new ruling, though, claiming that they they are old enough to make their own decisions about their wardrobe and any potential safety issues. Some claim that the ruling is specifically aimed at seven-time Formula One champion Louis Hamilton, who tends to favour plenty of bling.

For his part, Hamilton showed up at the Miami Grand Prix wearing as much jewellery as he could fit on his body - at least four necklaces, three watches and four rings - and stated that he is willing to sit out out races over the issue. As the current motor-racing idol and crowd-puller, I have a suspicion he may get his own way on this rather ridiculous ruling.

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