Toto Wolff expects Lewis Hamilton to race Silverstone despite jewellery standoff

The Mercedes boss thinks the FIA’s clampdown is ‘going to go away’ after the British driver saw a medical exemption to remove his nose stud expire.

Lewis Hamilton wore his nose piercing on Thursday (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Lewis Hamilton wore his nose piercing on Thursday (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has allayed fears Lewis Hamilton will be kicked out of this weekend’s British Grand Prix by claiming the FIA’s jewellery clampdown is “going to go away.”

Hamilton’s latest medical exemption to remove his nose stud expired on Thursday, but he appeared for his press conference at Silverstone with the item of jewellery still in place.

With Formula One’s governing body keen to enforce the rule, there was a fear that Hamilton could be summoned by the stewards if he refused to take the piercing – which he says cannot be easily removed – out for first practice on Friday.

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

But speaking to the PA news agency, Wolff said: “We know there is a safety issue with drivers and Lewis understands that.

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

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

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

A second extension was then agreed, and Wolff’s comments would indicate a third exemption will be granted ahead of Hamilton’s home race.

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

Speaking on Thursday, Hamilton said: “It is kind of crazy with all that is going on in the world, that this is the focus for people.

“I would say it is worrying. We have so much bigger fish to fry. We need to focus on other important areas.

“I will be racing this weekend and working with the FIA. The matter is not massively important so I will work with [FIA president] Mohammed [ben Sulayem] and his team to progress forward.”

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