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Hamilton and Verstappen share jokes about jewellery reminder

The two 2021 F1 title rivals offered up some playful humour as they spoke to media ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

The tensions of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's 2021 Formula 1 title fight appear to be fading after the two drivers attended an FIA drivers' press conference together on Friday morning. Mandated to appear side-by-side as part of the pre-event media calls, the fierce rivalry that dominated last season seemed to be the last thing on the pair's minds as they shared a joke about their respective body piercings (or lack of). The subject came up as a result of Australian Grand Prix Race Director Niels Wittich reminding the drivers about the long-standing rule banning the wearing of jewellery when taking part in on-track activity.

Hamilton and Verstappen share a joke

Hamilton is well known for his love of fashion, jewellery and tattoos, and said he has no problems continuing to observe the rules once it's time to get in the car. But that didn't stop the seven-time World Champion from poking fun at the situation when speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com . "I've got certain piercings that I really just can't take out, that not many people know [about]," Hamilton joked, to the amusement of the room. "I'm kidding, I'm kidding! It's been the rule for forever. Since I've been here, it's been the rule, so there's nothing new. I'm just gonna come out with more jewellery next week!" Verstappen, answering the question in a deadpan fashion, said: "I will be too heavy if I wear jewellery, so it's impossible!" Hamilton smiled and said, "I know you've got a nipple piercing, come on!", with the Dutchman immediately responding, "You want to see it again?"

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