Sebastian Vettel wore his underpants in Miami a little differently than usual.
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Sebastian Vettel wore his underpants in Miami a little differently than usual. © Motorsport Images / Imago

Formula 1 drives in Miami this weekend. We follow the race on Sunday evening (from 9.30 p.m.) here in the live ticker.

1 Leclerc 2 Sainz 3 Verstappen 4 perez
5 bottas 6Hamilton 7 Gasly 8 Norris
9 Tsunoda 10 stroll 11 Alonso 12 Russell
13 hags 14 Ricciardo 15 Schumacher 16 Magnussen
17zhou 18 Albon 19 Latifi 20 ocons

Update from May 8, 6:42 p.m.: World Cup leader Charles Leclerc secured pole position for the first Formula 1 race in Miami. The Ferrari driver from Monaco beat his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz in qualifying on Saturday. Third was World Champion Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Before the fifth round of the season on Sunday (9.30 p.m. / Sky), Leclerc leads the overall standings by 27 points over Verstappen. Both have won two races each. Sebastian Vettel in 13th and Mick Schumacher in 15th were eliminated early in the hunt for a starting place.

Formula 1 today in the live ticker: underpants vortex before the race in Miami

First report from May 8, 5:51 p.m.: Miami – Lewis Hamilton has lost the showdown with the German race director for his earrings and piercings for the time being. Despite fierce objections, the record world champion bowed formula 1 in Miami on the instructions of the new rule keeper Niels Wittich and got rid of almost all the jewelry before he climbed into the cockpit. For his nose piercing, which probably has to be professionally removed, the Mercedes superstar received a special permit until the Grand Prix in Monaco at the end of May.

Hamilton had previously resisted the tightened requirements and described them as “very, very stupid”. Race director Wittich had the teams in Miami informed that in future they will have to state in official documents that their pilots do not wear jewelry or private, non-fireproof underwear in the car. The ban has been in the rules for a long time and is intended to ensure more safety. Wittich also announced spot checks.

Formula 1 in the live ticker: Miami Grand Prix – underpants vortex before the race

Sebastian Vettel had sided with an angry Hamilton. “It’s personal freedom. We are old enough to make our own decisions. Then we should be able to do that in the car as well,” said the 34-year-old. As a sign of disobedience, Vettel walked through the pit lane before the opening practice session in Florida with gray boxer shorts pulled over his racing suit. Panties fuss in Miami! “It was more of a gag. The whole discussion is so stupid,” the Aston Martin driver told Sky TV.

TV expert Ralf Schumacher vigorously disagreed. “It’s a bit silly and it reminds me of kindergarten,” said the former Formula 1 driver. Schumacher referred to the role model function of world champions such as Vettel and Hamilton. It’s a shame “that experienced people who have seen so many accidents make fun of it in this way,” said the 46-year-old.

Formula 1: Miami Grand Prix live today – discussions about jewelry and underwear

The world association Fia states that the reason for the measures is that rings, chains or piercings could pose unnecessary obstacles for first responders and doctors in emergencies. In addition, jewelry on the skin as a heat conductor can reduce the protective effect of overlying fireproof clothing. “This increases the risk of burns in a fire,” it says. Last but not least, the jewelry itself carries the risk of injury and could be swallowed in accidents.

It is also not permitted to wear commercial underwear, which is allegedly still common practice for some drivers. Only clothing that meets FIA Formula 1 standards is permitted. Hamilton had initially turned to Fia President Mohammed bin Sulayem. If necessary, he wanted to sign that he was wearing the jewelry at his own risk. After all, he has been on the track for 16 years. Formula 1 has “more important things to do” than dealing with this topic. “This is a step backwards for our sport,” said the Briton.

Formula 1 live today: Lewis Hamilton in focus before the race in Miami

But Wittich and the Fia remained firm. The race director, who has been in office together with the Portuguese Eduardo Freitas since the start of the season, interprets the rules more strictly than his predecessors. The Hessian civil engineer was most recently race director in the German Touring Car Masters. Wittich has the cross to fight through the dispute, said Ralf Schumacher. “Sebastian and Lewis will bite their teeth because they are simply wrong,” said the Sky specialist.

The fines for violating the ban on jewelry and improper clothing in the car are steep. The first offense will be punished with a fine of 50,000 euros, reported the specialist magazine “Auto, Motor und Sport”. Repeat offenders would have to pay 125,000 euros. The third time it costs 250,000 euros and several World Cup points. A multi-millionaire like Hamilton thinks twice.

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