Hamilton cleared to race in Bahrain after jewelry inspected

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One great Lewis Hamilton has been cleared to race for Mercedes at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after having his jewelry inspected. Hamilton clashed with governing body FIA last year over its jewelry ban put in place for safety. FIA says the seven-time F1 champion had received a medical exemption relating to “concerns about disfigurement.” Hamilton went winless last season for the first time in a career that started in 2007. He was 10th fastest in Friday’s first practice. He was eighth in the second session.