F1 2022 Miami Grand Prix Underwear protest Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton jewels
World champion Sebastian Vettel’s latest step through the Formula 1 paddock was as blunt as any protest from a team can be.
After threatening to miss the inaugural Miami Grand Prix due to a glitzy crackdown, Lewis Hamilton took off nearly all of his jewels in time to drive in Saturday morning free practice (AEST).
The decision to enforce the rules on jewelry and underwear had sparked controversy in pre-workout press conferences.
Hamilton instead threatened to spend the weekend visiting Miami sites while Sebastian Vettel said he believed the British driver was “targeted”.
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The German star showed her feelings by wearing her underwear over her racing suit in protest.
Race director Niels Wittich wrote in his guidelines for Sunday’s race that the driver’s jewelry and underwear should be checked, to ensure they comply with FIA fireproof safety standards.
In his tender notes, Wittich wrote: “Metallic objects, such as jewelry, in contact with the skin can reduce the protection from heat transmission and thus increase the risk of burns in the event of a fire.” Vettel said the actions appeared to be aimed at Hamilton.
“It’s probably more of a personal thing at this stage and I feel somewhat targeted by Lewis,” said Vettel.
The Aston Martin pilot suggested the argument was trivial.
“We talked about underwear too, but is that really the most exciting thing we can talk about?” she asked.
“There is a safety concern, of course, if you have things – and if the car catches fire it would be unpleasant.
“But on the other hand, to some extent it is personal freedom and we are old enough to make our own choices outside the car … We should also be old enough to make our own choices inside the car.”
Vettel also made many headlines on Friday with a public move to highlight the issue of climate change while the sport competed on the Miami street circuit, which features an artificial, mock marine vibe.
He wore a t-shirt with the message: “Miami 2060. 1st Grand Prix underwater. Act now or swim later.
The shirt also featured an image of an underwater pilot’s helmet with a snorkel exiting the side, emphasizing that Miami is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.
Hamilton, meanwhile, wore three watches, a bracelet, necklaces and a nose button to the press conference and said he would have to “cut off my ears” to take off the earrings.
“I couldn’t wear any more jewelry,” he joked.
“We have spare drivers, so we are ready and prepared for the weekend. There is a lot to do in this city, so I’ll be fine anyway! ”Hamilton said of the prospect of being forced out of the race.
Still, after threatening, she removed most of her jewelry, including earrings, for free practice, but scored a small win with a nose piercing exemption.
This exemption was reported for two tenders.
Hamilton said her jewelry was never a problem.
“It’s platinum, so it’s not magnetic and it’s never been a safety concern. I’ve done so many MRI scans, for example, and I don’t have to take out the platinum ones… ”She said she wore three watches because they were set to three different time zones.
Originally published as Protesting F1 star Sebastian Vettel’s underwear is a thing of beauty