by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 186
FOM cameraman Paul Allen was lucky to escape with dramatic but not life-threatening injuries as the result of a pit lane incident at the German Grand Prix after being struck by a loose wheel. The British cameraman was struck by an errant wheel that was not secured during Mark Webber's first elongated pit stop. Webber was released in to the pit lane but the wheel immediately detached itself and bounced through the Mercedes crew before finding its way into Allen’s path. The sheer inertia of the spinning wheel and a relatively empty pit lane contributed significantly to the severity of the impact with the cameraman. An FIA statement confirmed that Allen “was transferred to a hospital in Koblenz where he remains conscious. 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.” Since the statement was released sources have revealed that Allen sustained a broken shoulder and fractured ribs, although unconfirmed reports have also mentioned a broken collarbone. While Webber battled back from a lap down (courtesy of a Safety Car) to finish seventh (right) the severity of the incident – especially given the mechanic indicating that the wheel wasn’t secure – will definitely be reviewed. The Red Bull racer was relieved that the incident didn’t end with more serious consequences. “I knew we had lost the tyre in the pit stop of course, but not that someone got hit by it. That’s bad and I hope he is okay, that’s the main thing,” said Webber after the race. “Today was a bit of a nightmare and you want to wake up tomorrow and have another go at it.” Another unsafe release by Force India saw Paul di Resta emerge into the path of Toro Rosso’s Jean- Eric Vergne. The incident was filed for review after the race, when a stop -go penalty would normally have applied. In the end, Force India were fined €5,000 for unsafe release, while Red Bull were fined €30,000 . Cameraman hit by loose wheel 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GERMANY