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Cameramen confined to pit wall after accident

Jul 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Bernie Ecclestone says Formula One Management camera crews will work from the pit wall following the accident during the German Grand Prix.

British cameraman Mark Allen was injured by a flying wheel during the race. An FOM statement yesterday said “the person concerned is expected to make a full recovery”.

Ecclestone announced the change to pit lane procedure to take effect from the next race:

“I’ve been in close contact with everybody who has been dealing with the matter. It’s a terrible thing to say, but it was just one of those things.

“There was a whole bunch of mechanics and the tire could have hit any one of those guys. The cameraman just happened to be looking the wrong way at the wrong time. In future, all our camera crews will only be allowed to film from the pit wall.”

Webber wasn’t aware what had happened following his pit stop until after the race. “I hope he is okay, that’s the main thing,” said the Red Bull driver.

Red Bull were fined €30,000 ($38,630) for the “unsafe release” of Webber’s car. It is the second time this year they have been fined for sending one of their cars from its pit box without properly securing all four wheels.

  1. indycarseries500 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Overreaction, what are they going to do when it’s a pit wall side rear that comes off and hits a camera man on that side? Pit lane is a dangerous place.

    • ttnvrl8 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Why not at least require everyone over the wall wear a helmet in every form of the sport? I saw a crewman get slammed in a DP pit lane incident earlier in the year. That series doesn’t even require crewman to wear helmets – stupid beyond belief.

      Yes pit lanes are dangerous, so anything to give anybody who needs to be there a fighting chance should be mandated.

      • indycarseries500 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        I’d be for that, and get the cameramen spotters.

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