Formula 1 TV camera crews will be required to film from the pit wall during sessions from the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month.

The move to change comes after FOM camera man Paul Allen was hospitalised after being struck by a loose wheel during Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

Following the incident on Sunday, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed changes to current regulations that will require members of the media to keep away from the pit lane during sessions in the future.

“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,” The 82-year-old told BBC Sport.

“In future, all our camera crews will only be allowed to film from the pit wall.”

“[But] the same thing could still happen in the end. In reality a wheel could come off and bounce down the pit lane (and into the pit wall).”

Previous regulations have required all team personnel operating in the pit-lane to wear protective headgear, but members of the media haven’t been required to follow the same rule.

Allen was transferred from the track to Koblenz hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured collarbone and two broken ribs after having been struck by the 12kg rear wheel.

In light of the incident, Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner, said the incident was a timely reminder of the dangers faced by those operating in the pit lane.

“The most important thing is that he’s fully okay, but it was a timely reminder that life in the pit lane is still a pretty dangerous place to be. Things can go wrong,” Horner said to reporters.

“Mechanics have to wear safety gear and helmets, and it’s time some of the other operational people in the pit-lane have some safety equipment as well.”

Despite the change, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team team principal, Ross Brawn, says greater measures should be taken, including supplying media personnel with protective gear like that worn by team mechanics.

“On the basis of what we have seen we should be thinking that all people in the pitlane are properly dressed and equipped,” Mr Brawn said.

“Everyone in the pitlane should have a helmet on. It is certainly worth reviewing.”

Drivers are required to adhere to a pit lane speed limit of 60km/h (37.3mp/h) during practice sessions and 100km/h (62.1mp/h) during the race.

The German Grand Prix was the second time in seven races Red Bull Racing has released a car with an improperly secured wheel. The first time in China, Webber was again the victim and his errant wheel was nearly struck by Sebastian Vettel on-track.

 

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