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Lewis Hamilton’s preparations for qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix were interrupted when he was called to see the stewards for an alleged rule breach.
The seven-time world champion was summoned after setting the 12th fastest time in the final practice session at the Marina Bay street circuit, which was run in wet conditions following an earlier downpour.
Hamilton had to answer an alleged breach of Appendix L, Chapter III of the FIA International Sporting Code, which covers helmets, flame-resistant clothing, frontal head restraint, safety belts and wearing of jewellery.
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The issue regarding the Mercedes driver reportedly refers to a nose stud which he kept in during practice sessions. Motorsport.com reports: “We're hearing that it is nose-stud related, which he's kept in on recommendation from his doc.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Hamilton’s jewellery has caused controversy. Earlier this season he was involved in a standoff with the FIA after the governing body decided to clamp down on the wearing of jewellery, which affected Hamilton more than any other driver.
At one point, he even suggested he could boycott a race over the issue.
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“It's not been a problem in the past and there's no reason for it to be a problem necessarily now,” he said during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend back in May. “Honestly, I feel like there's just way too much time and energy being given to this.
“I've said everything I feel I need to say on it in the last races and that's not what my focus is this weekend. “[I've been] taking out my [ear] studs for every time I've been in the car, and I will continue to do so. The nose ring is not a problem, at the moment.”
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