Red Bull fined 30,000 Euro at German GP after cameraman injured in unsafe release
Incorrectly fitted tyre struck FOM cameraman
By James Galloway and Mike Wise at the Nurburgring. Last Updated: 07/07/13 6:35pm
Webber – We scored an own goal
World Champions Red Bull have been fined €30,000 for an unsafe pit release of Mark Webber's car during the German GP after a cameraman was injured by a bouncing wheel.
FOM cameraman Paul Allen is understood to have suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs after being knocked over when he was struck by a flying tyre which had detached itself from the right-rear side of Webber's RB9.
The Red Bull driver, who had run second to team-mate Sebastian Vettel through the first stint, had just completed his first pitstop but was released back out into the service road by mechanics before the wheel had been properly attached to his car.
After stating that the incident would be put under investigation after the race, stewards confirmed several hours after the chequered flag had fallen that Red Bull had been fined €30,000.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner expressed his relief that the cameraman had not sustained more serious injury.
"The most important thing today is that the cameraman who got struck by the tyre does not appear to have suffered any life-threatening injuries," Horner said.
"It's a timely reminder that working in the pit lane is dangerous. Everyone reacted incredibly quickly and the most important thing is to hear that he seems to be fundamentally okay."
In a separate incident, Force India were fined €5,000 post-race for releasing Paul Di Resta into the path of Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.
The stewards' verdict in full
The Stewards, having received a report from Race Director, heard from a team representative, examined video evidence, have considered the following matter, and determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
No/Driver 2-Mark Webber
Competitor Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Fact Unsafe release from a Pit Stop.
Offence Breach of Article 23.12 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
Decision The competitor (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) is fined €30,000.
Reason The team released car 2 before all wheels were safely fitted and the right rear wheel came off as the car left the pit stop position. The wheel passed four teams and struck a camera operator causing injury.