Kravitz's Hamilton scoop was not only had Hamilton had both ears pierced (and was now sporting black studs), but he had only had it done last week and wasn't supposed to take the studs out. I love Ted Kravitz for actually finding the sporting regulation that it would contravene if he drove with the earrings in.
"Lewis Hamilton had both ears pierced last week in Los Angeles and when you get them pierced for the first time you have to leave the studs in for three to four weeks to allow the hole to develop. However, that would contravene article 2.2.1 appendix L of the sporting regulations, which states that the wearing of jewellery is prohibited. A few years ago Vitantonio Liuzzi had his eyebrow pierced and he had to have it the ring removed before racing because the medical teams said they didn't like piercings."
It's not the fact he's had it done that bothers me, but that he couldn't wait until the 4 week Summer holiday. Surely he knew that his tight fitting helmet would cause problems for the sharp bits of metal in his ears. Honestly. Jenson Button can behave like a spoilt child at times, but he looks the picture of cool maturity next to his bratty team mate.
There was talk a month of so ago of Mika Hakkinen becoming Lewis' manager. Despite his battles with Schumi for the world championship, I love Hakkinen and it would be great if he were back in the paddock. I don't envy him the task of keeping Lewis under control, but he's the sort of cool person who could probably do it.
Anyway, down to the nitty gritty of practice. Earrings aside, the McLarens topped both sessions, Hamilton in the morning, Button in the afternoon, ahead of the Red Bulls. Both Vettel's and Webber's cars had technical issues this morning so I wonder if they will last the race on Sunday, even if they do they get their now customary pole position. I've forgotten the last time they didn't make the front of the grid. They'll be painting a red bull and a reserved sign on the pole position grid slot soon and just not bother with qualifying.
And finally, how come this race ended up on this weekend. I remember checking when the provisional calendar came out that F1 and Eurovision did not happen on the same weekend but they are - and I don't know if my brain can cope with all the excitement along with Willie Rennie's Thank you Party tomorrow afternoon.