Verstappen fights back against Leclerc, wins in Saudi Arabia
Max Verstappen's title defence is up and running, the Red Bull driver winning the Saudi Arabian GP ahead of Charles Leclerc.Verstappen and Leclerc both benefitted from a Safety Car, brought out when Nicholas Latifi crashed, the free pit stop allowing them to leapfrog early race leader Sergio Perez.
Lewis Hamilton joked that Max Verstappen has a nipple piercing as F1 race director Niels Wittich clamps down on jewellery among drivers. Jewellery has been banned in F1 since 2005 but Wittich highlighted the rule in his weekend notes after several drivers were spotted breaching the guidelines.
Hamilton's love of jewellery is well-known and the seven-time champion is often spotted wearing earrings on the grid. When asked about the bling ban, the Mercedes driver joked: "Well I've got certain piercings that I really just can't take out, that not many people know of... Nah I'm kidding!
Max Verstappen warned he's facing 'Charles Leclerc 2.0' in Red Bull vs Ferrari title duel
MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc look set to fight for the 2022 F1 title after the pair battled in booth races so far this season.However, on both occasions, Leclerc has played mental tricks on Verstappen to his advantage. In Bahrain, Leclerc purposefully allowed the reigning champion through at turn one to ensure he had the DRS to pass at turn four.
"It's been the rule forever, since I've been here it's been the rule, so nothing new. I'm just going to come with more jewellery next week."
Verstappen replied: "I would be too heavy if I wore jewellery, so it's not possible." However, Hamilton moved to shift the pressure onto Verstappen moments later, adding: "I know you have a nipple piercing man, come on."
The reigning champion then said: "You want to see it again?"
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In his race notes, Wittich warned: "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." Wittich made a similar point ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but this is the first time it has been highlighted in the race notes.
Pirelli make Australian GP tyre choice which may boost Max Verstappen over Lewis Hamilton
PIRELLI have made their tyre selection ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in what could be a major boost for Red Bull.Usually, consecutive tyre compounds are selected meaning it would typically be the C4 which is used. The decision may have handed an extra boost to Verstappen who was more successful on that particular rubber last season.
It means any driver who was found to be in breach of the rules may be sent directly to the stewards. Although offenders are only likely to receive fines if they are caught instead of sporting penalties.
It means drivers are unlikely to receive grid penalties if they are caught wearing anything behind the wheel. There are fears jewellery could cause extra injuries in the event of accidents.
It is understood bosses are also concerned jewellery could prevent drivers from escaping the car in the event of a crash.
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Safety is of paramount concern for the FIA after Romain Grosjean's horrific crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. Formula E drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer were penalised for wearing non-compliant underwear in New York back in 2018.
The drivers were each fined and given two penalty points. Lucas di Grassi also broke the jewellery rule at the Punta del Este E-Prix in the same season.
Charles Leclerc can learn Lewis Hamilton lesson to avoid Max Verstappen issue in next race .
CHARLES LECLERC will likely go toe-to-toe with Max Verstappen at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.The 2021 season was dominated by the close fight between Verstappen and Hamilton going down to the wire. A host of races saw both drivers involved in close on-track battles and the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix proved no different.