The FIA Gives Medical Exemption to Lewis Hamilton for His Nose Piercing

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 champion from Britain, has been granted permission to participate in the Bahrain Grand Prix race this Sunday.

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The FIA Gives Medical Exemption to Lewis Hamilton for His Nose Piercing

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 champion from Britain, has been granted permission to participate in the Bahrain Grand Prix race this Sunday. This decision comes after a clash between Hamilton and the FIA last year over his wearing of jewelry, specifically a nose piercing.

Hamilton's Request for Exemption

Last year, Hamilton defied the FIA's ban on jewelry, including piercings, by appearing ahead of the Miami race with all the jewelry he could possibly wear at once. He also threatened not to race if he was not allowed to wear his jewelry, which included his nose piercing.

Hamilton's nose piercing was a result of complications with a bloody nose ring that he had to remove frequently for racing. He explained to the judges that he had to wear the piercing to avoid disfigurement. The FIA released a statement regarding Hamilton's medical exemption, "The Stewards heard from a team representative and received 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."

Hamilton's Comments

Speaking about the issue last season, Hamilton said, “I am not trying to make a statement.

I have had my jewelry and my nose stud for years. The stewards should be there to keep us safe and this is not a safety issue. It is crazy that we have to talk about something so small," reports The Independent. Hamilton was also granted an exemption to wear a nose piercing in Monaco last year.

This time, the FIA examined Hamilton's piercings and considered Article 5 of the FIA Sporting Code on the wearing of jewelry before ultimately deciding to take no action against him.

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