Safety clampdown goes on in F1

The media will be barred from the pit lane during qualifying and race sessions while grid penalties will be imposed on teams if they let their cars out on loose wheels.

Updated: July 26, 2013 14:18 IST
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Budapest: Formula One is continuing its clampdown on safety in the pit lane by hitting teams with grid penalties if they allow their cars to rejoin a race with loose wheels.

And all media will in future be banned from the pit lane during qualifying and races at Grands Prix, team representatives have told reporters at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

But a plan to introduce minimum pit stop times to prevent teams hurrying and making mistakes has been rejected after discussions.

The moves to make the pit lane safer were revealed by team representatives late on Thursday after a meeting of team managers and officials from the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA),at the Hungaroring.

Any teams that permit a car to leave the pit lane with a loose wheel will face a 10-place grid penalty for a future race - a direct result of the accident at the German Grand Prix three weeks ago when an errant wheel from Australian Mark Webber's Red Bull car hit and injured a British cameraman.

This weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix will be the first at which pit-lane speed limits will be controlled at a maximum of 80 kph in every session and the race.

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