Some sections of the media have yet again whipped themselves into a frenzy over nothing, by claiming that Lewis Hamilton’s newly-pierced ears are in breach of Article 2.2.1 (Appendix L) of the Sporting Regulations.
The 2008 World Champion decided to add a bit of extra bling (pictured right) by having his ears pierced while in Los Angeles watching his Pussycat Doll girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger make it through to the final three contests of the US version of Dancing With The Stars.
The cited section of the Regulations prohibits “the wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains” on the grounds of safety, as written by the act.
Note, however, that watches – which are particularly a source of sponsor influence – are excluded from this rule!
Quite why the press thinks Lewis should be brought asunder by this rule is beyond me – particularly when I can think of three current and former drivers (pictured below) who competed wearing earrings – and the FIA has landed on the side of commonsense and said it has “no problem” with Lewis’ latest decorations.
Even if we think they’re a little ugly…
|Our pierced driver trio (L-R): Christian Danner, Christian Klien & Vitantonio Liuzzi|