Grapevine: Red Bull Duo Divided over Bling Ban

Austrian Christian Klien accepts his jewellery's racing days in Formula One are over

Grapevine: Red Bull Duo Divided over Bling Ban

"I just heard that there is a new rule and we are not allowed to wear any earrings or chains (during races)," said the Red Bull driver at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Thursday, a day after an announcement by the sport's governing body.

The FIA said its medical commission had decided, for safety reasons, that drivers would no longer be allowed to race with body piercings or heavy neck chains.

"In the end it makes no difference. I'll just take it off for two hours in the race and then put it on again," said Klien, the only driver to wear an earring other than Red Bull's Italian test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.

"I've raced with my earring since I was 11," added the Austrian. "I don't know why they did this rule. I think personally it is not really necessary but I have no problem with it."

Liuzzi, however, was not so receptive to the idea.

"They'll have to cut my ear off to make me take it (the earring) off," he said. "What safety are they talking about? It seems to me that they are grasping at straws. What bad can something protected by the helmet do?"

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