Teams to face 10-place grid drop for loose wheels
Following a meeting today, teams have rejected the proposal to introduce a minimum pitstop time, instead opting for a ten-place grid penalty to be awarded to any team that releases their car without having all four wheels properly attached.
It is hoped that this will avoid incidents like that seen at the German Grand Prix, when FOM cameraman, Paul Allen was struck by a loose wheel from Mark Webber’s Red Bull, suffering a broken collarbone and ribs in the process.
The FIA have also decided to relax the original decision made to ban all media personnel from the pitlane. Instead written journalists will be allowed in the pitlane during practice sessions, but the number will be limited to just 25.
For qualifying and the race, the procedure is to remain unchanged.
The total ban on broadcast television crews has also been eased, from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards each broadcaster will be allowed one cameraman and reporter in the pitlane during practice sessions, but their ban for qualifying and the race remains.
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