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Bucky Vettel makes fun of F1’s slip ban
After record champion Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel also criticized the ban on jewelry and underwear in Formula 1, because it was a “personal thing”. The Aston Martin driver teases the racing series in his own unique way – and wears his boxers over his racing suit.
The ban on jewelry and underwear in Formula 1 continues to cause displeasure among drivers. After record champion Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel also criticized the new regulation. “This is personal freedom. We are old enough to make our own decisions. So we should be able to do it in the car too,” said the 34-year-old before the first race in Miami. Earlier, German race director Niels Wittich announced that he would tighten the crackdown on wearing non-fireproof jewelry and underwear in the cockpit.
Vettel has shown misunderstanding about the new hard line of the rulers. “There is no need to blow this up. It seems like a personal thing aimed at Lewis,” said the Aston Martin driver. In disobedience, Vettel ran through the pit lane before the free practice session with his gray boxers tucked into his racing suit. Race director Wittich had informed the Miami teams that in the future they would also have to provide official documents that their drivers would not be wearing jewelry or private underwear in the car. Wittich also announced spot checks.
Hamilton had criticized the bans as “a step backwards for our sport” and “very, very stupid”. The world record champion usually wears different earrings and other jewelry on his body. He couldn’t even take off at least two jewels easily, the Briton said and even threatened to stop racing because Mercedes finally had a replacement driver. He had therefore already addressed the head of the world association, Mohammed bin Sulayem. After long discussions, the 37-year-old broke down and took off his earrings. He received an exceptional permit for nose piercing until the Munich race in late May.
The global association FIA says the reason for the measures is that rings, chains or piercings could pose unnecessary obstacles to rescuers and doctors in emergency. Also, jewelry on the skin as a conductor of heat can reduce the protective effect of overlying flame retardant clothing. “This increases the risk of burns in the event of a fire,” she says. Last but not least, the jewelry itself carries the risk of injury and could be swallowed in the event of an accident.
It is also not allowed to wear commercial underwear, which would still be common practice for some drivers. Only clothing conforming to FIA Formula 1 standards is allowed. Vettel protested against it in his own way.