Red Bull to study pit-stops for Hungary
9 July 2013 – Red Bull will assess its pit-stop procedures ahead of the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Milton Keynes-based outfit eager to eradicate human errors after Mark Webber's car was released without a wheel at the Nürburgring last weekend.
The incident, which led to FOM (Formula One Management) cameraman Paul Allen being struck on the back by the right-rear tyre, arose after a button was mistakenly pushed by a mechanic, therefore leading to Webber receiving a signal to leave.
"I’m sure that we will have a system in place for Budapest that excludes these kind of human errors," Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told Austrian television station Servus TV, before explaining: "On every wheel gun we have a button that gets pressed to give the car the signal to drive away. As the tyre didn't stay on correctly, the mechanic tried it again with more pressure, but something happened to the wheel gun and the button got pushed. That’s why Webber got the signal to leave.
"In the next pit-stops we played it safe and told the mechanics to make sure the tyres were mounted on correctly, even if that meant that a pit-stop would take around a second longer. Despite this we continued to perform the fastest pit-stops."
Marko added that a Red Bull team member went to visit Allen at Koblenz Hospital after the race had finished, presenting him with a poster signed by the mechanics.
"One of our members visited the hospital on Sunday to give him a poster that was signed by all the mechanics," said Marko. "He's one of those English blokes who has been around for ages. He was full of positive energy; he said he knew about the risks and that we don't need to worry about him. He’s confident he will return for Budapest."