Formula One stars have been granted an exemption to continue wearing jewellery in their cars until the end of June, with further discussions between drivers and the FIA set to take place over the next month.
The FIA has enforced its International Sporting Code more strictly so far this season, clamping down on the wearing of piercings and chains in both the Australia and Miami Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was left furious with the move, but the Brit has been told he will be able to wear his nose piercing for the next three races after FIA chiefs extended their rule exemptions.
Hamilton, whose piercing is not easily removable, called the potential ban ‘unnecessary’ and a ‘step backwards’ after new F1 race director Niels Wittich looked to bring in the changes.
‘When they [the FIA] told me about the jewellery, they were saying safety is everything,’ the seven-time world champion said earlier this month.
‘I said, “Well, what’s happened for the last 16 years? I’ve had jewellery on for 16 years. So was safety not an issue back then?”
‘I feel like it’s almost like a step backwards, if you think about the steps we are taking as a sport, and the more important causes that we need to be focused on.