And Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz thinks Hamilton is making a mistake. The 48-year-old has sided with the FIA as he insisted the rules are there to protect drivers. And the Austrian has recalled a story where inappropriate clothing led to prolonged suffering.
Wurz spoke about a talk given by Danish racer Kris Nissen in 1988 following a crash at Fuji, where the driver was burned. And the incident could serve as a warning to Hamilton. “He showed his body and said, ‘look at this,’” Wurz explained. “For him the absolute most painful thing after fire, and it wasn’t a long fire, was the rubber in his normal pants being burnt into the skin. He said it was for years agony and pain. And it educated me.
Hamilton was critical of the jewellery crackdown and insisted he has jewellery and piercings that cannot be immediately removed. And the 37-year-old even turned up to a press conference ahead of the Miami Grand Prix wearing three watches, eight rings, four necklaces and two earrings in protest.
And Hamilton’s stance has been mirrored by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who has claimed he is old enough to make his own decisions on and off the track.