Lewis Hamilton landed himself in hot water after he was summoned to the stewards for reinstating a nose stud in contravention of FIA rules – despite bringing a doctor’s note.

The Mercedes man wore the jewellery in third practice at the Singapore Grand Prix, and it is unclear whether he removed it for qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton was hauled in front of the stewards to explain why he was wearing his nose stud, with the seven-time world champion telling the media that he had a doctor’s note.

Lewis Hamilton

While Hamilton was let off, his Mercedes team picked up a €25,000 (£22,400) for not telling the FIA he was wearing his piercing.

This follows a protracted row with the FIA over jewellery in the cockpit. Hamilton finally relented prior to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July and had since steered clear of piercings.

After qualifying, when asked by reporters about the FIA’s focus on the matter, Hamilton said: ‘I really don’t know, man.

‘I’ve got a letter from a doctor. I’ve tried my best. One of the best excuses I was given a long time ago was about heat and if you are in a fire metal conducts heat.

‘But our suits are covered, our zip is metal, our buckle around our helmet is metal, we’ve got the wires with aluminium metal in them.

‘So I don’t know, it’s all a bit silly. Hopefully they’ll be sensible. The stewards should be there to keep us safe most importantly but this is not a safety issue.’

Hamilton also insisted to the media that he was not trying to make a statement by wearing the stud.

He said: ‘Basically I’ve had my jewellery and my nose stud for years and obviously we had that whole commotion at the beginning of the year.

‘At the time it was like soldered in, so it didn’t come loose. They gave me an exemption so I could find a solution.

‘Then I went to get it taken out and tried to find a solution, putting it in and out. It got infected because of that.

‘I got a blood blister and had quite a sore on my nose because there was puss and blood. I put this back in and in the last two weeks it’s started to heal and they’ve asked that I keep it in.’

The original summons read: ‘The driver and team representative are required to report to the Stewards at 19:45 in relation to the incident below.

‘Driver 44 – Lewis Hamilton Reason Alleged breach of Appendix L, Chapter III of the FIA International Sporting Code.’

Hamilton’s decision to wear a nose stud during the British Grand Prix in July attracted the attention of F1’s authorities too, as previously reported by Sportsmail – although he later removed it before qualifying.

At that time, the governing body’s president Mohammed Ben Sulayem felt strongly about enforcing the regulation which bans drivers from wearing jewellery in their cars – and it is clear that this is still the case three months later.

Whilst bans are sometimes enforced for rule infringements like this, the more common option would be a fine, which is more a case of precedent rather than a financial issue for Britain’s richest active sportsperson.

After the conclusion of Saturday’s qualifying, Hamilton starts third on the grid, behind a front row of Charles Leclerc on pole and Sergio Perez in second. Max Verstappen begins in eighth place.

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