Lewis Hamilton backtracks on promise to pull out of Miami Grand Prix over jewellery after removing his earrings in a medical examination… with seven-time champion granted a two-race exemption to keep studs he claims cannot be removed easily in place

Lewis Hamilton backed down over his promise to boycott the Miami Grand Prix — by removing all the jewellery he could. Only three hours earlier, the seven-time world champion said he would pull out of the event if Formula One’s ruling FIA insisted he take off his earrings and studs. To which Hamilton replied: ‘If they stop me then so be it. The FIA insisted: ‘The wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the competition and may, therefore, be checked before the start.’. ‘The presence of jewellery can slow, due to the risk of ‘snagging’, the emergency removal of driver safety equipment such as helmet, balaclava and overalls.

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