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F1's Race Director emphasises jewellery rule for drivers ahead of Australian GP

Race Director Niels Wittich has moved to remind drivers that the wearing of some jewellery is prohibited.

F1's Race Director for the Australian GP has reminded drivers that wearing jewellery in the form of body piercings or metal neck chains is prohibited while piloting their cars. The rule, first introduced back in 2005, has been mentioned in Appendix L (Chapter III, Article 5) of the FIA's International Sporting Code for a number of years. Ahead of the sport's return to Albert Park, Niels Wittich has moved to re-emphasise the rules regarding the wearing of such jewellery by including a paragraph from the Sporting Code in his pre-weekend race notes.

Body piercing and metal neck chains prohibited

The line, taken from the Sporting Code, also makes clear that drivers may be checked for body piercings or metal neck chains before heading out on track. The full wording of the rule states: "The wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the competition and may therefore be checked before the start." Should any driver be found to be in contravention of the rule, the matter could be referred to the stewards at the event.

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