May 20 - Lewis Hamilton has found an unlikely ally in his battle with the FIA's Mohammed Ben Sulayem over the new jewellery clampdown.

The new FIA president says drivers like Hamilton, who are openly dissenting against having to remove body jewellery including rings and piercings, will have to comply or face hefty penalties.

Perhaps surprisingly, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko actually sides with the seven time world champion.

"I think they have gone too far," the 78-year-old former F1 driver, who last year was embroiled in the intense title battle with Mercedes, told RTL.

"This should be a personal decision of the drivers. I don't remember how long Hamilton has been in F1, but he's been wearing this jewellery all these years. So why did they suddenly decide to invent this topic?

"I think we have enough other things to worry about," Marko added. "We must accept and respect the individuality of each driver.

"Do I side with Hamilton? Yes I do, and this is my honest opinion."

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5 F1 Fan comments on “Marko backs Hamilton over new F1 jewellery clampdown

    • Blofly

      Quite possible, but the fia have boxed themselves in to a corner, if they penalise him they look petty and unnecessary and if they don’t they lose face. Can’t wait. Hamilton has nothing to lose, he has little chance of a decent result at Monaco anyway.

  1. smokey

    Rather than come up with a knee jerk reaction as Mohammed Ben Sulayem has, the FIA should provide evidence to support his demand. A bone worn through a driver's nose may be an issue, however, small personal items of jewellery being banned is a nonsense.
    Not often I agree with Marko, however, on this occasion I support his argument. Mohammed needs to pull his head in, get out of the weeds and concentrate on the more serious issues of conducting the FIA's prime responsibilities. Drivers' attire should be the domain of the race directors and the team managers.


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