The rule, which varieties Article 5 of the 3rd chapter of Appendix L from the governing body’s International Sporting Code, was highlighted in the party notes launched for the Melbourne function by race director Niels Wittich.
The comprehensive wording of the rule states: “The sporting of jewelry in the type of human body piercing or metallic neck chains is prohibited throughout the levels of competition and might thus be checked prior to the begin.”
The go to spotlight the rule to the F1 area in advance of this weekend’s party is not a new clampdown on entire body piercings or chain jewelry, as it has very long been actionable if drivers had been to be found out with them in their cars for every the rule’s place in the ISC.
The FIA 1st instigated what was then described as “an rapid ban on the carrying of jewelry (system piercing and major chains) by race and rally competitors” back again in 2005, with the rule later adopted into the ISC.
Motorsport.com understands the Melbourne move is not reacting to a precise occasion of a certain driver becoming noticed sporting jewellery or leaving a physique piercing in when behind the wheel of their F1 auto in the 2022 season.
Instead, Wittich, who replaced Michael Masi as F1 race director for 2022 in an alternating arrangement with Eduardo Freitas, is keen to make sure these specifications are entirely adhered to, thereby cutting down the threat of a driver suffering an supplemental injuries in a significant accident in the context of Romain Grosjean’s violent and fiery crash at the 2020 Sakhir GP.
This is understood to be connected to various drivers from up and down the grid staying spotted putting on jewellery – together with rings and bracelets – when in their cars and trucks, which could also maybe even make escaping quickly from the cockpit of a wrecked auto a lot more complicated.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2nd position, in the Press Convention
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In recent several years, there have been scenarios of motorists in an additional championship – Formula E – slipping foul of an ISC breech in relation to what they were putting on beneath their race satisfies while driving their vehicles.
At the 2018 Punta del Este E-Prix, then Audi driver Lucas di Grassi was fined €10,000 and specified 3 penalty details for carrying flamed-resistant underwear that was also limited for the duration of the electrical championship’s most-modern race in Uruguay.
At the New York spherical later on than similar period, Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer were also fined for putting on non-compliant underwear all through qualifying for that celebration.
With such precedents, really should an F1 driver be discovered to be in breach of the rule relating to jewellery and body piercings then it is likely that a very similar punishment would be handed out relatively an any sporting penalty.