Lewis Hamilton was spotted at the Miami International Autodrome on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix after admitting he may have to pull out of the race.
The F1 champ, 37, has previously clashed with F1 bosses over his piercings after they declared that drivers were banned from wearing them while racing.
Lewis, who was baring his tattooed chest in a low-cut shirt, explained that two of his piercings aren’t removable – but refused to reveal where they were.
According to reports FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem is ‘fixated’ on cracking down on Lewis’ flouting of the rules as he continues to wear jewellery to race.
Making a statement? Lewis Hamilton was spotted at the Miami International Autodrome on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix after admitting he may have to pull out of the race
During a press conference ahead of the race on Friday, Lewis made a statement in three watches, eight rings, four necklaces, one bracelet and two earrings.
When asked what was happening regarding his piercings, he said: ‘ Ireally don’t know. As I said, I can’t remove at least two of them. One I can’t really explain where it is. But what I can say is it’s platinum that I have, so it’s not magnetic. It’s never been a safety issue in the past.’
Adding that there’s a possibility he may not race, Lewis said: ‘So yeah, if they stop me then so be it. We’ve got a spare driver. So we’re well prepped for the weekend.
‘There’s lots to do in the city anyway so it will be good either way. I couldn’t get any more [jewellery] on today!’
He said that he believes that the initiative is a ‘step backwards’ for sport and told how he has been wearing jewellery while racing for 16 years.
Turning heads: Lewis shielded his eyes with some circular framed reflective sunglasses from his collection with Police Lifestyle
The racing driver concluded that he wants to be an ‘ally’ to Mohammed bin Sulayem but believes there are bigger issues to be focusing on currently.
It comes after race director Niels Wittich sent a letter to teams yesterday revealing his intention to clamp down on jewellery, because it may become ‘lodged or snagged’ while driving.
Elsewhere at the track, Lewis put on his usual stylish display as he bared his tattooed chest in a plunging abstract printed shirt.
The F1 ace teamed the oversized top with a pair of matching loose fit trousers from Bianca Saunders and chunky Louis Vuitton boots.
Lewis shielded his eyes with some circular framed reflective sunglasses from his collection with Police Lifestyle and accessorised with layered pearl necklaces.
Stylish: He teamed the oversized top with a pair of matching loose fit trousers from Bianca Saunders and chunky Louis Vuitton boots
Taking to Instagram, he later changed in to a bold shade of violet going head-to-toe in luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton.
He layered a hook detail gilet with a waist tie over a £2660 technical tracksuit top with checkerboard printed panels down the sleeves.
Lewis added a pair of slit evening trousers that coordinated with his jacket as he ensemble mirrored a racing suit.
He completed his outfit with a pair of runner tatic trainers and Off White Virgil sunglasses.
Eye-catching: Taking to Instagram, he later changed in to a bold shade of violet going head-to-toe in luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton
Bold: He layered a hook detail gilet with a waist tie over a £2660 technical tracksuit top with checkerboard printed panels down the sleeves
Posing next to a red Mercedes for the snaps, he penned: ‘Trust me I can stand the heat.’
Last month, Lewis suggested he was unfazed by the FIA’s warning regarding jewellery, joking that he has some piercings which cannot be removed amid the latest crackdown.
Formula One drivers were served a reminder that they are banned from wearing jewellery while racing ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
The ruling was included in the Melbourne event notes that were issued by new F1 race director Niels Wittich, who will share the position with Eduardo Freitas following the sacking of Michael Masi.
Lewis Hamilton has taken Formula One’s latest warning over wearing jewellery in his stride, joking that he has some piercings he ‘can’t remove’ ahead of the Australian Grand Prix
It has been part of the sporting regulations since 2005, though drivers who have worn jewellery behind the wheel have not been penalised.
Lewis took the reminder in his stride, though, and was in a relaxed mood as the drivers took to the Albert Park track for the first time in three years.
‘I’ve got several piercings that I really can’t take out, that not a lot of people know of,’ the Briton joked, via Daily Telegraph.
‘But that’s been the rule forever so nothing new.’
What’s the issue? Formula One drivers were reminded that they are banned from wearing jewellery while racing, such as nose studs, which seven-time champion Hamilton wears
Lewis then turned his attention to reigning champion Max Verstappen and said: ‘I know you have a nipple piercing, man!’
The Red Bull ace quipped: ‘You want to see it again?’.
The new race directors though are set to take a sterner stance and fine those who are caught wearing any form of body piercing or metal neck chains.
It’s said the reminder is not aimed at any one person and that multiple drivers up and down the grid have been spotted wearing jewellery – also including rings and bracelets.
Hamilton will hope to get his season back on track as F1 returns to Melbourne this week
Hamilton was seen wearing a nose stud at both last year’s season-ending Abu Dhabi GP and this year’s opener in Bahrain, where it was clearly visible through his open visor.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) confirmed a nose stud would fall foul of the ban, raising the prospect of Hamilton being forced to remove it.
The rule prohibiting the wearing of jewellery is Article 5 of the third chapter of Appendix L of the governing body’s International Sporting Code (ISC).
The full wording of the rule states: ‘The wearing of jewellery in the form of body piercing or metal neck chains is prohibited during the competition and may therefore be checked before the start.’