In football there are breakdowns, in Formula 1 form breakdowns. Because Mercedes did not properly register a nose piercing by Lewis Hamilton, the race stewards are investigating the race in Singapore. Her tough verdict: a fine of 25,000 euros. Since the top performance of the Briton falls into oblivion.
The Mercedes Formula 1 team has been fined 25,000 euros because record world champion Lewis Hamilton wore jewelry in the cockpit. The Briton was not personally punished for wearing his nose piercing in training for the Singapore Grand Prix, but the racing team was punished because an inaccurate self-regulation form had been submitted to the world motorsport association, the FIA.
"The team assumed, without consulting Hamilton, that he had followed or would follow the same procedure in this competition. The stewards acknowledge that the error in the declaration in this case was not premeditated or intentional, but it would not have occurred "if the team had checked with Hamilton before completing and submitting the declaration. In these circumstances, we are imposing a fine of €25,000 on the team," the FIA statement said.
And further: "The stewards listened to Hamilton and the team representative and examined video and audio evidence. The footage showed that he wore a piece of jewelry in the form of a piercing (nose stud) during qualifying. Hamilton acknowledged this fact but explained that his doctors had advised him not to remove it for the time being."
Hamilton referred to a medical certificate from his doctor. According to his own statements, he should wear the piercing again after various problems such as an infection. Mercedes was unaware that the seven-time world champion was wearing it again in Asia, according to the FIA report. In the past few months, Hamilton had adhered to the jewelry ban, but repeatedly questioned its usefulness.