FIA confirms pit lane safety changes
10 July 2013 – The FIA has announced measures to improve safety in the aftermath of last weekend’s German Grand Prix and as a result only event marshals and team personnel will be allowed in the pit lane during qualifying and the races.
The steps have been taken after a wheel became detached from the Red Bull Racing car of Mark Webber as he made his way towards the pit lane exit at the Nürburgring. The loose wheel then struck a television cameraman who was hospitalised as a result. He is expected to make a full recovery. However, as from now, access for approved media will be confined to the pit wall.
In addition, FIA president Jean Todt has asked the World Motor Sport Council to make two changes to the Sporting Regulations, measures that had been approved for 2014, but which will now be implemented immediately.
Article 23.11 will require all team personnel working on a car during a pit stop to wear head protection, while Article 30.14 will provide for a reduction of the pit lane speed limit during races from 100km/h to 80km/h (with the exception of Melbourne, Monaco and Singapore, where due to track configuration the limit remains at 60km/h).
The full text for the new Articles reads as follows:
23.11 Team personnel are only allowed in the pit lane immediately before they are required to work on a car and must withdraw as soon as the work is complete. All team personnel carrying out any work on a car during a race pit stop must be wearing head protection.
30.12 A speed limit of 80km/h will be imposed in the pit lane during the whole Event. However, this limit may be amended by the stewards following a recommendation from the FIA F1 safety delegate. Any team whose driver exceeds the limit during any practice session will be fined €100 for each km/h above the limit, up to a maximum of €1000. However, in accordance with Article 18.1 the stewards may inflict an additional penalty if they suspect a driver was speeding in order to gain any sort of advantage. During the race the stewards may impose either of the penalties under Article 16.3a) or b) on any driver who exceeds the limit.
Finally, in relation to the incident at the German Grand Prix, the FIA added that it is expecting a written report from Red Bull Racing today, which will be shared with the other teams in order to help improve pit lane safety.