WMSC approve of pit lane speed limit reduction
Following a mistake in the pits by Red Bull, one of Mark Webber’s tyres ran free down the pit lane before striking Paul Allen, who thankfully suffered nothing more than a fractured collarbone and severe bruising.
As part of the new sporting regulations for 2014, the FIA had decided to reduce the pit lane speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h, bringing it closer to the 60km/h that is in place in Australia, Monaco and Singapore due to the layout of the track. Although this was planned to come into place next season, the new regulation has been fast-tracked following the incident.
Head protection is also mandatory for all team members working on the car in the pit lane.
Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.
Luke Smith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Richland F1. Having started the website in March 2012, he has gone on to become one of the youngest members of the Formula 1 paddock after joining American broadcaster NBC Sports at the beginning of the 2013 season. Luke now works as the network's lead F1 writer, supporting the TV coverage on nbcsports.com. Luke's work has also been featured on NBC News, Yahoo! Sports and in Driven Magazine, and he has also appeared on CNBC's TV series "One Second in F1 Racing".