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FIA extends jewellery ban exemption period

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27/05/2022

The FIA has opted to extend the jewellery ban exemption period until the end of June, thereby avoiding a potential showdown with Lewis Hamilton this weekend.

When the clampdown was first announced over the Australian Grand Prix weekend, following an outcry from the drivers, in particular Lewis Hamilton, it was announced that there would be an exemption period covering - and including the race at Barcelona.

With the ban due to come into effect this weekend, many had been speculating over whether Hamilton would back down, especially after Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman, Alex Wurz backed the ban.

Today, it was announced that the exemption period will be extended until the end of June, meaning that the races in Azerbaijan and Canada are covered.

Speaking at today's press conference, Hamilton, while welcoming the extension of the exemption period, Hamilton said he felt too much time and energy had already been wasted on the subject.

"Honestly, I feel like there's just way too much time and energy being given to this," he told reporters. "I've said everything I feel I need to say on it in the last races and that's not what my focus is this weekend.

"I've been taking out my studs for every time I've been in the car, and I will continue to do so," he added. "The nose ring is not a problem, at the moment.

"The jewellery rule came in in 2005," said the seven-time world champion. "I think we've all worn jewellery our whole careers in Formula 1. It's not been a problem in the past and there's no reason for it to be problem necessarily now.

"It definitely is positive that we're working with the FIA," he added, "and I think they're accommodating a little bit at the moment. But we shouldn't have to keep on revisiting this thing every weekend. We've definitely got bigger fish to fry."

By fish he no doubt means porpoises.

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1. Posted by geordiemik, 09/06/2022 23:42

"I wonder if Hamilton has watched the video of Grosjean's fire not long ago? If he ever ended up like that would he enjoy the feeling of his bits of jewelry getting nice and hot as he tried to extricate himself?"

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2. Posted by kenji, 28/05/2022 7:29

"Any deviation from the 'enshrined' rule means that it's not a rule. This is a purely a binary decision. There is no 'grey' area. Anyone seeking to parody the cliched '60's gangsta rap look is free to do so....outside the race car. "

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3. Posted by Defiant, 27/05/2022 21:59

"hahahaha, nice one Ed. Last comment made me chuckle"

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4. Posted by Pavlo, 27/05/2022 16:42

"FIA is again acts badly and creates controversy. Lewis fans will now see it as “all against Lewis”, others will see it as “FIA helps Lewis”.
How would professional do it? First think, only then either announce and enforce the decision with no exceptions, or just don’t make it if you can’t enforce."

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5. Posted by kenji, 27/05/2022 15:29

"When is a rule not a rule? Are all rules subject to discretionary applications? Can this latest application support all future rulings now that a precedent has been established? Can future rulings, not granted a discretioanry ruling be challenged on the basis discrimination? Does this latest SNAFU have any relevance to the discretionary powere exercised by Masi and his subsequent removal? "

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6. Posted by elsiebc, 27/05/2022 14:36

""The jewellery rule came in in 2005," That's all you need to know."

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7. Posted by jcr, 27/05/2022 14:26

"If the FIA allow Hamilton to rule again,
They might as well just give him hi own office in Paris, or wherever FAI are based nowadays."

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8. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 27/05/2022 12:58

"Let Hamilton keep the nose ring in and just move on. Everyone is accommodating towards the rest without any resistance. "

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9. Posted by equator180, 27/05/2022 12:00

"Seems rules are for everyone except Hamilton, not much of a show for the Org."

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