Vettel protests against Formula 1 underwear rule – Verstappen with problems in Miami

Prior to practice, executives’ enforced policy against wearing jewelry and private underwear in the cockpit had sparked discussion. “It’s a step backwards for our sport. It’s such a small thing, completely unnecessary,” said Lewis Hamilton. He therefore also turned to the boss of the world association, Mohammed bin Sulayem.

Driver jewelry discussion continues

Appearing at the official press conference, the 37-year-old wore three watches, several rings on his hands, a range of necklaces and earrings. After long discussions, the 37-year-old finally gave in and removed almost all of the jewelry. He received exceptional clearance for his nose piercing until the Monaco race at the end of May.

German race director Niels Wittich had previously advised teams that in future they would also have to certify in official documents that their drivers would not wear jewelry or private underwear in the car. Wittich also announced spot checks.

Vettel makes a statement in boxer shorts

“If they arrest me, so be it. We have a backup driver,” Hamilton said. He couldn’t easily remove at least two of his jewels. “They’re platinum so they’re not magnetic. They’ve never been a safety issue,” said the Briton. Formula 1 has “more important things to do” than deal with this subject. “It’s very, very stupid,” Hamilton said.

Sebastian Vettel showed solidarity with the Mercedes star and showed disobedience. Before the first practice laps, the Hessian crossed the pit lane with gray boxer shorts pulled on over his racing suit.

Vettel showed incomprehension in the face of the new hard line of the leaders. “There’s no need to blow this subject up. It feels like a personal thing aimed at Lewis,” the Aston Martin driver said. “It’s personal freedom. We’re old enough to make our own decisions. Then we should be able to do that in the car too,” the 34-year-old said ahead of the first race in Miami.

The global association Fia says the reason for the measures is that rings, chains or piercings could pose unnecessary obstacles for first responders and medics in an emergency. In addition, jewelry on the skin as heat conductors can reduce the protective effect of layered flame retardant clothing. “This increases the risk of burns in the event of a fire,” he says. Finally, the jewelry itself carries a risk of injury and could be swallowed in the event of an accident.

It is also forbidden to wear commercial underwear, which would still be common practice for some drivers. Only flame retardant clothing complying with FIA Formula 1 standards is permitted.

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