Formula 1 could be set to further improve safety in the pitlane, after a cameraman was lucky to escape with his life during the German Grand Prix.
Red Bull has been fined € 30 000 for sending Mark Webber away from a pitstop with a loose rear wheel, which detached from the car and struck at high speed a British television cameraman for Bernie Ecclestone’s company FOM.
The cameraman – identified as Paul Allen working for FOM – has broken bones and is still in a Koblenz hospital, but an FOM spokeswoman told Bild newspaper that doctors do not believe that he is injured internally.
“The most important thing is that he is fundamentally ok,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
“But it was a timely reminder that life in the pitlane is still a pretty dangerous place to be, that things can go wrong.
“Mechanics have to wear safety gear and helmets, and maybe it’s time some of the other operational people in the pitlane have some safety equipment as well,” he added.
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn agrees: “On the basis of what we have seen here, we should be thinking that all people in the pitlane are properly dressed, equipped and should have a helmet on.” (GMM)
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