Fans Back Lewis Hamilton in the ‘Biggest F*ck You’ to Controversial F1 Jewelry Ban

Published 05/07/2022, 1:39 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 6, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

No jewelry! Underpants checked! These are two of the new rules to have made their way to F1. Lewis Hamilton was visibly and understandably not happy about it. Many admirers of the sport believe that this decision could’ve waited. Several believe that the FIA has many other things to focus on rather than just putting a jewelry ban.

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In fact, this ban irritated Hamilton so much that he turned up wearing 3 watches, 8 rings, 4 necklaces, and 2 earrings at one of the press conferences.

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Lewis Hamilton can’t wear jewelry in an F1 car

New race director Niels Wittich and FIA need a declaration from every team. This declaration will consist of the submission that a driver is not wearing any jewelry. Although this rule apparently has been enacted in order to ensure driver safety, the F1 fraternity has not liked this move and believes that it is disrespectful to drivers.

From respecting a driver’s personal attire to finding something funny about the situation, we saw it all on Twitter. The media platform never fails to present its thoughts on a particular incident.

 

Hamilton, on the other hand, was determined that he would not take off the jewelry. He said, “If they stop me, so be it. We have a spare driver, so we are ready and prepared for the weekend.” 

“There’s lots to do in the city anyway so I’ll be good either way.”

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Jewelry is not new to F1 Drivers

In fact, if the Jewelry ban wasn’t enough, the FIA needs a driver’s underpants checked now. After this announcement, Sebastian Vettel, in a sign of protest, wore his underpants on top of his racing suit!

This weekend suddenly has become a lot more interesting. Furthermore, F1 drivers have known to be expressive of their style. From flamboyant hair to furry jackets, they are the pinnacle of a lavish lifestyle.

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James Hunt, Kimi Raikkonen, and in fact Lewis Hamilton, for most of his life, has worn jewelry to the races. Hence, the FIA enforcing this rule comes as a grave surprise to the seven-time world champion and his fans.

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Reporter Andreas Haupt even said, “Anyone can wear whatever they want. There will be people that don’t understand it, but that’s okay. Hopefully they’ll eventually go through the opening their mind phase and let people be who they want to be.”

So what are your thoughts about it? Do you agree with this ban?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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