Will F1’s bling ban drive out Lewis Hamilton? The seven-time world champion insists he is being unfairly singled out but, after he refused to remove his stud, it is hard to see the parties finding a resolution

On one side the new FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem insists that Hamilton’s remaining nose stud must be taken out on safety grounds in time for the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, having granted him three weeks to have the piercing surgically removed. If Hamilton refuses to submit to the edict, he faces a £42,000 fine in Monaco. Chicken feed for a man who earns £40million a year, but he would also accrue points on his racing licence. As Hamilton said in Monaco 11 years ago when he felt harshly treated by the stewards: ‘Maybe it’s ‘cos I’m black – that’s what Ali G says.’.

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