Toto Wolff expects Lewis Hamilton to race Silverstone despite jewellery standoff


Mercedes manager Toto Wolff has allayed fears Lewis Hamilton will be kicked out of this weekend’s British Grand Prix by saying the FIA’s jewelry clampdown is “going to go absent.”

Hamilton’s newest professional medical exemption to get rid of his nose stud expired on Thursday, but he appeared for his push convention at Silverstone with the merchandise of jewelry nevertheless in place.

With Formula One’s governing system eager to enforce the rule, there was a concern that Hamilton could be summoned by the stewards if he refused to get the piercing – which he suggests simply cannot be easily taken off – out for 1st practice on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton addresses the media at Silverstone on Thursday (PA)

But speaking to the PA news company, Wolff claimed: “We know there is a safety concern with motorists and Lewis understands that.

“The FIA has compromised so far. I anticipate the dialogue to continue on and that there will not be any controversy this weekend. That is going to go away.

“Then we go over wedding bands, nose piercings and the implications on drivers’ basic safety.”

Hamilton was afforded a two-race professional medical exemption at the Miami Grand Prix on May possibly 8 – to the seventh spherical of the marketing campaign in Monaco on May 29.

A second extension was then agreed, and Wolff’s reviews would suggest a 3rd exemption will be granted in advance of Hamilton’s residence race.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff does not expect any controversy this weekend

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff does not hope any controversy this weekend (David Davies/PA)

Speaking on Thursday, Hamilton said: “It is type of mad with all that is going on in the world, that this is the aim for people today.

“I would say it is stressing. We have so a great deal more substantial fish to fry. We will need to target on other vital spots.

“I will be racing this weekend and performing with the FIA. The make any difference is not massively vital so I will work with [FIA president] Mohammed [ben Sulayem] and his crew to progress forward.”


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