I suspect it was a joke. The guy wasn't a photographer or marshal so would have clearly been safe from Kimi (that was a joke too...). You're second comment..... I hope you can claim that to be a joke, given the context!
Which is why i asked...
Erm, no. Last i remember, you are required to have passes on your person, at the least that is what i remember and most drivers can be witnessed wearing it often to and out of paddock, The guard was just doing his job. Wearing the helmet that Hamilton was, the guard just had to make sure it was not some nutjob trying to gain unauthorised access.
Hamilton did not produce his pass and was still allowed through, though. So by your logic the security guy was not doing a good job, surely? Unless you think a nutter with nefarious intentions who has been able to somehow obtain a full set of this year's Mercedes F1 overalls, an exact replica of Lewis Hamilton's racing helmet etc, when asked for his pass, would say "I'm sorry I haven't got one, I'm a nutter intent on sabotaging FP1 in some way" rather than claiming to be the thing he's disguised as, namely a driver?
Personally if I was manning that gate I would have seen him coming and thought "oh look, it's the world famous and instantly recognisable Lewis Hamilton" and let him through straight away, but that's just me.
Me too. Unfortunately though, not everyone associated with F1 at that level knows a lot about F1.
About the gear... if you have money a lot of things can be done Basic nomex suit remains just that... so. Helmet, yes it is tricky, but not too much. So yes, if you have a lot of money, and a mind bent like that, the possibilities are there.