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Hamilton feels FIA have 'bigger fish to fry' amid reports he could be banned

Lewis Hamilton says he will race this weekend at the British Grand Prix, despite reports that he could be banned by the FIA should he wear jewellery.

Lewis Hamilton believes the FIA have "bigger fish to fry" as he batted away suggestions that he could be banned from racing at this weekend's British Grand Prix. The FIA have recently clamped down on the wearing of jewellery by drivers, with Hamilton told he must remove a number of his items, including his nose piercing. Those jewellery items remain in place, however, with the seven-time World Champion telling the FIA it is "kind of crazy" that the jewellery debate could reignite after a week of controversies in the world of F1. "With all due respect, I mean, it's kind of crazy to think that with everything that's going on in the world, that is a focus for people," said Hamilton, speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com . "I would say it's worrying. We've got so much bigger fish to fry. I'm vegan so we don't fry fish, but you know what I mean!"

Hamilton: I'll be racing this weekend

In the build-up to this weekend's British Grand Prix, Hamilton was forced to respond after footage emerged of former World Champion driver Nelson Piquet using a racial slur to describe him. Piquet has since issued a statement claiming that he had not intended any racial motivation behind the Brazilian-Portuguese term. Red Bull also sacked junior driver Juri Vips after the Estonian used a racial slur while playing a video game with friends. "We really have to start focusing on more important matters. I will be racing this weekend," Hamilton confirmed, batting away reports he could be prevented from doing so by the FIA. "I will be working with the FIA. I would say the matter is not particularly massively important. I will work with Mohammed [Ben Sulayem, FIA President] and with his team so that we can progress forwards."

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