Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013

Cameraman taken to hospital after pit lane incident

2013 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013The FIA has confirmed British cameraman Paul Allen has been taken to hospital after being struck by a wheel during the German Grand Prix.

A statement released by the sport’s governing body said: “During the German Grand Prix, an FOM cameraman in pit lane was struck by a loose wheel. Paul Allen was hit on the left hand side.

“Remaining conscious, he was treated at the circuit medical centre and then transported by helicopter to Koblenz Hospital.

“The Briton has been kept there, under observation. Further information from the hospital will be provided as soon as it becomes available.”

Allen was hit by a wheel which came off Mark Webber’s Red Bull when he made his first pit stop during the race. The team are under investigation for releasing Webber’s car unsafely from the pit box.

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  1. Wishing a Speedy recovery to paul….

    I am not sure if the Incident should induce knee jerk reactions. If anything the whole thing should be thought through. Maybe it needs some suttle changes , Maybe there is no change needed, maybe there needs an overhaul or Maybe Camera men should not be allowed in that areas as they are not well protected, agile and trained like the put crew. I say we should not jump into conclusions here within half hour.

  2. That was really an awful incident. Looking forward to hearing that he’s going to be okay. A miracle, really, considering the size of that wheel and the force with which it hit him. It could have been much worse. :(

  3. Back when they were still refueling the cars (which had its own inherent set of dangers), the wheel and jack guys had just a bit more time to be deliberate and careful about their work. These current, sub 3 second pit stops are so crazy fast, pushing human limits, and are putting an enormous amount of strain and pressure on the crews. It’s good fun to watch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the FIA wound up mandating some sort of spec wheel nuts and guns to slow the procedure down, and make it a little bit more reliable and safer. It’s always distasteful for a true F1 fan to see innovation regulated out of the sport, but in this case, it might be the right thing to do.

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