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Eager to avoid a collision course with the FIA, Hamilton revealed on Friday that he had messaged new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem about the rule.

“I reassured him that I want to be an ally, I don’t want to fight with you guys over this,” said Hamilton.

“It’s about individuality and being who you are. This is very, very silly.”

Hamilton also explained: “I’ve been in the sport for 16 years and I’ve been wearing jewellery for 16 years.

“I think we’ve got bigger fish to fry, bigger things to do, more impact to have and so I think that’s really where the focus should be.”

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Hamilton added that he would happily sign a waiver that allowed him to continue wearing jewellery in the car and took the safety responsibility away from the FIA.

He was also backed by his fellow drivers, with Pierre Gasly – sitting next to Hamilton in the press conference – particularly supportive.

“I appreciate the FIA looking after our safety,” said Gasly. “But in my personal case I have also religious items that I wear with me, when I’m racing, which are important to me, which I don’t feel comfortable not having with me driving the car.

“And I do feel it’s a little bit personal. We should have the freedom to do what feels right for us.

George Russell sympathizes with teammate Lewis Hamilton and says things ‘haven’t gone his way’ this year.

“At the end of the day, we have the responsibility to go out there, put our lives at risk… and I do feel it should be a personal choice. But I respect the FIA and their will to always improve the safety.”

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel added: “I think it is a bit unnecessary to blow this topic up.

“Probably at this stage it’s more of a personal thing, and I feel particular in a way targeted to Lewis. We are old enough to make our own choices.”

What is the FIA’s guidance on jewellery?

In his pre-Miami GP notes, race director Wittich confirmed a crackdown on jewellery, as well as drivers wearing normal underwear beneath their approved flameproof underwear – which is believed to be the FIA’s bigger concern.

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The note on jewellery read: “Metallic objects, such as jewellery, in contact with the skin can reduce heat transmission protection and thus may increase the risk of burn injuries in the event of a fire.

“The wearing of jewellery during the competition can hinder both medical interventions as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment should it be required following an accident.

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