The new race director of Formula One Niels Wittich faces a significant test on his authority on Friday about whether Lewis Hamilton can wear jewelry in the cockpit.

Germany has been placed in an unclear position by his boss, President FIA Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who is said to be ‘obsessed’ with the topic – seen by most observers as a thin covert excavation in Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Ben Sulayem’s stance means Wittich either has to take the subject up directly with Hamilton at the drivers’ briefing this evening ahead of the Miami Grand Prix — or duck what may prove a massive fight.

Lewis Hamilton

lewis Hamilton said earlier this season that he would defy the ruling, which has been in place for years but has not been enforced in recent times.
John Watson, a multiple grand prix winner in the Seventies and Eighties, said: ‘I never wore jewellery — if I was in a fire I didn’t want metal on me.

‘Lewis Hamilton may take the view that it is so much part of him that he won’t give in to any pressure.

‘He could even decide to walk out of the whole sport if they try to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tells them where to stick it.’

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