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Lewis Hamilton did his best Chandler Bing impression and basically asked "Could I be wearing any more jewelry," ahead of this weekend's Miami Grand Prix.
It's not been a good start to the season for seven time Formula One drivers World champion Hamilton, with his Mercedes car not close to being as good as the Ferraris and Red Bulls at the front of the grid.
Two weeks ago, in Imola, Hamilton was even lapped by rival Max Verstappen and Toto Wolff felt compelled to apologise to his driver for the state of his car.
The 37-year-old is likely frustrated at life on the track right now and off it he's also found something to be annoyed at, with the new F1 race director deciding to enforce the rule on no jewelry being worn whilst driving.
It's not a new rule but previously the FIA haven't been tough on it, with the British driver wearing earrings and a nose stud whilst driving.
Hamilton isn't impressed with having to remove the piercings, especially as it's not so easy for the one in his nose, and he showed his displeasure on Friday, turning up to a press conference with three watches, eight rings, four necklaces and two earrings.
Lewis Hamilton turned up to the press conference wearing 3 watches, 8 rings, 4 necklaces and 2 earrings after the FIA outlined a new jewelry ban 👀💎 pic.twitter.com/ChKV2hcnnx— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) May 6, 2022
The FIA has implemented a new jewelry ban…— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) May 6, 2022
So Lewis Hamilton showed up to his press conference with an absurd amount of jewelry 😂🐐 pic.twitter.com/fQBfJ16dLY
You kind of have to respect that level of pettiness really, just wish he'd found a tiara to wear as well to really annoy people.
Hamilton was even ready to miss the race in Miami over the issue, saying, "If they stop me, so be it. We have a spare driver, so we are ready and prepared for the weekend.
"There’s lots to do in the city anyway so I’ll be good either way."
However, according to the Guardian, the Mercedes driver has now agreed to take his earrings out for the first of two races in the United States this season, and will be given a two week medical exemption for his nose piercing.
There was support from at least one fellow driver for his stance, with Sebastian Vettel saying the move felt 'targeted' at Hamilton, and adding, "We are old enough to make our own choices."
This weekend's race is the first at Miami and the course has been created in the car park of Miami Dolphin's Hard Rock Stadium.
The struggling former world champion was complimentary of the new lay out, apart from one chicane, saying, "The track's quite nice to drive except for the chicane.
"It's so tight. It's a corner where maybe in future they can remove that one and it will improve the track.
"It's kind of crazy when you think that people in this day and age should be able to make a flat road relatively easy.
"There were frigging big, big, big bumps and so many places where the track like joins up with somewhere else.
"So I don't know if they will be able to grind that at night and improve it."
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