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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton escapes jewellery ban punishment after 'disfigurement' concerns

Lewis Hamilton will face 'no further action' from the FIA after originally failing to declare that he will comply with the ban on racing with jewellery.

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Bahrain Test
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The FIA have confirmed that 'no further action' will be taken against Lewis Hamilton, after the Mercedes team failed to confirm that he would comply with the governing body's jewellery ban.

The original Technical Delegate's report had earlier noted that the self-scrutineering declaration forms for 19 of the 20 drivers had been fully completed, with only Hamilton's entry outstanding.

The stewards had noted that Mercedes had 'not confirmed that Hamilton will comply' with the FIA's jewellery ban.

The original FIA statement read:

"The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team has not confirmed for his driver Lewis Hamilton (44) in the submitted self-scrutineering sheet that he is complying with the requirement to not wear any jewellery, in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains or watches (App L Ch III 5)."

Hamilton escapes penalty

The issue was referred to the stewards, who swiftly decided on 'no further action' after concerns that a removal of jewellery could result in 'disfigurement with frequent removal attempts'.

Their verdict read:

"The Stewards having heard from a team representative and receiving a medical report from the team doctor of Mercedes AMG-PETRONAS F1 Team, which requested an exemption.

"The Stewards consulted the FIA Medical Delegate, who viewed the medical report, examined the driver and concurred with the opinion therein.

"We have determined to take no further action as there are concerns about disfigurement with frequent attempts at removal of the device."

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