Lewis Hamilton evades punishment for wearing his nose stud during third practice at the Singapore Grand Prix after bringing a DOCTOR NOTE… but his Mercedes team fined €25,000 for not having the FIA told he would wear his piercing
- Lewis Hamilton could be fined for wearing his nose ring to Singapore training
- The British driver previously had problems with the F1 authorities in Great Britain
- Hamilton finished third in qualifying, behind Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez
Lewis Hamilton ended up in hot water after being summoned to the stewards for replacing a nose button in violation of FIA rules, despite bringing a doctor’s note.
The Mercedes man wore the piece of jewelry during practice three at the Singapore Grand Prix and it is unclear whether he took it off for qualifying.
Hamilton was dragged before the stewards to explain why he was wearing his nose stud, with the seven-time world champion telling the media he had a doctor’s note.
The 37-year-old, who qualified third for Sunday’s race, said his nose became infected after putting his stud in and out.
While Hamilton was released, his Mercedes team was awarded €25,000 (£22,400) for failing to tell the FIA that he was wearing his piercing.
This follows a lengthy argument with the FIA over jewels in the cockpit. Hamilton finally gave in ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July and had avoided piercings ever since.
Lewis Hamilton faces fine after wearing a nose stud during third practice in Singapore
When asked by reporters after qualifying about the FIA’s focus on the matter, Hamilton said: “I really don’t know, man.
‘I have a letter from a doctor. I tried my best. One of the best excuses I got a long time ago was about heat, and when you’re in a fire, metal conducts heat.
“But our suits are covered, our zipper is metal, our buckle on our helmet is metal, we have the wires with aluminum metal in them.
“So I don’t know, it’s all a bit silly. Hopefully they are sensible. The stewards should mainly be there to keep us safe, but this is not a safety issue.”
Hamilton also urged the media not to try to make a statement by wearing the stud.
He said, ‘Actually, I’ve had my jewelry and my nose stud for years and of course we had all that commotion at the beginning of the year.
Hamilton (r) poses with front row Sergio Perez (l) and Charles Leclerc after qualifying
“At the time, it was like soldered, so it didn’t come off. They gave me an exemption so I could find a solution.
“Then I went to get him out and tried to find a solution, put him in and out. It got infected as a result.
“I got a blood blister and had quite a sore on my nose because there was pus and blood. I put this back in and over the past two weeks it has started to heal and they have asked me to keep it in.”
The original subpoena read: ‘The driver and team representative are required to report to the stewards at 19:45 in connection with the incident below.
“Driver 44 – Lewis Hamilton Reason Alleged Violation of Annex L, Chapter III of the FIA International Sporting Code.”
Hamilton’s decision to wear a nose brace during the British Grand Prix in July also caught the attention of F1 authorities, as previously reported by Sportsmail – although he later removed it before qualifying.
At the time, the chairman of the governing body, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, was strongly in favor of enforcing the ordinance banning drivers from wearing jewelery in their cars – and it is clear that three months later this is still the case.
While bans are sometimes imposed for violations of these rules, the most common option would be a fine, setting more of a precedent than a financial issue for Britain’s wealthiest active athlete.
After Saturday’s qualifying, Hamilton will start third on the grid, behind a front row of Charles Leclerc on pole and Sergio Perez in second. Max Verstappen starts in eighth place.
The Mercedes driver wore the nose button in practice, but it is unclear whether he wore it in qualifying