Formula 1 have banned all television reporters and cameramen from entering the pit-lane at all on-track sessions at future races, according to BBC Sport.
The ban follows an accident that happened at Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, when a cameraman was hit by a loose wheel from Mark Webber’s car.
The nut had been cross threaded, which meant the force that required removing it made a Red Bull mechanic’s finger slip on to the button, which gave Webber the green light to depart. The team explained these reasons for what happened in a report they sent to the FIA.
FOM, who hold the rights to who can enter the pit lane, have told broadcasters that they can “no longer allow personnel, including camera crews, pit-lane access during any session.”
But other journalists and stills photographers will still be permitted to enter the pit lane, as FOM has no control over them.
Paul Allen suffered a broken collarbone and cracked ribs after last week’s incident, and the FIA banned anyone other than team personnel and marshals from the pit lane the following day, with approved media being confined to the pit wall.
The first response from the sport’s governing body has been sanctioned as the safest for the time being, though they will now study the situation and come to some form of compromise.
This is not the only change to regulations, as all team members working on a car during a pit stop will have to wear head protection, and the pit lane speed will be reduced from 100km/h (62mph) to 80 km/h (49.7mph).
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