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FIA improves pit safety after runaway tire fiasco

Tuesday - 7/9/2013, 3:49pm  ET

A tire rolls away from the Red Bull driver Mark Webber car as he backs to pits during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring racetrack, in Nuerburg, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia lost a wheel when he left his first pit stop too soon and finished seventh after dropping to the back of the field. The flying wheel struck British cameraman Paul Allen in the left side. He remained conscious and was treated at the circuit before being taken to a hospital for observation. (AP Photo/Pool/Srdjan Suki)

PARIS (AP) -- Formula One's governing body has announced new rules to improve safety in the pits following an accident at the German Grand Prix in which a cameraman was injured by a runaway tire that came loose from a car.

The FIA says only team personnel and marshals will be allowed in the pits during qualifying and races. Accredited media will be confined to the pit wall.

It will also seek the World Motor Sports Council's approval for team personnel to wear head protection plus request a reduction in the pit speed limit from 100 kilometers per hour to 80.

The wheel from Mark Webber's Red Bull injured Paul Allen last Sunday. Allen was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Red Bull was fined $38,650.


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