9 Aug (GMM) Lewis Hamilton admits he lied about his piercing when F1’s jewelery ban came into force this year.
The seven-time world champion admits he rebelled against the FIA on the issue, even though new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said he was only acting in the interest of safety.
“People like to have power,” Hamilton told Vanity Fair. And to strengthen the power.
“From childhood … rules,” the Mercedes driver added. “I never liked being told what to do.”
37-year-old Hamilton even suspects that the FIA president’s campaign against the wearing of jewelry in cockpits was directed specifically against him.
“I mean, yes,” he said. “Because really, I’m the only one with jewelry.”
The British driver has protested, vowing to scrap the jewelery ban and claiming he has piercings in some places that cannot simply be removed.
Hamilton admits he was not honest.
“I was just playing with it,” he said. “I don’t have any other piercing anywhere. But I love that there’s this thought of, “Shit, did he get his balls pierced?”
He also spoke on the highly controversial subject of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Championship Final, which led to the removal of race director Michael Massey as race director.
“You can see things starting to unfold,” Hamilton said, “and my worst fears have come to life. I said, “They’re not going to cheat me on that.” There is no possibility. It won’t happen. Of course not.
“I knew what happened. I knew what decisions were made and why. Yes, I knew something was wrong.’
He said he considered leaving Formula 1 after Max Verstappen became world champion, but ultimately concluded he wanted to continue racing even beyond his 2023 contract.
“I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about an extension,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton admitted lying amid jewelry saga
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