F1 » FOM extends pit lane clampdown

The clampdown on F1 broadcasters in the pitlane is extended to cover an entire race weekend by Formula One Management

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July 11, 2013 1:10 PM

Honestly, I think the pit lane journalists overestimate their value as far what they really add to the sport. It seems a perfectly reasonable response to limit extraneous personnel from the pit. While Buxton may claim that they accept the risk, I feel certain that those who insure the events/teams etc. are still going to be paying for any injuries, no matter what he might wish for us to believe.


July 11, 2013 3:04 PM

Pit reporters add a great deal of value, especially for a market like the US, where they already have limited access to anything.

And the point of insurance is to pay out when damage occurs. And since the pit lane is a dangerous place, insurance companies collect higher premiums. Next they'll ban all mechanics, or have tire changes happen inside the garages...


July 11, 2013 4:38 PM

afaforza. there is absolutell no need for a reporter to be standing in the pit lane during a race. he/she can do their job just as well from the back of the garage etc. o you thnk that hey ill suddenly stick a midcrophon in theface of a driver during a tyre change? yes, a camera man can maybe get an unusual shot of a wheel being changed, but do we really need that? to stand in front of cars in the pitlane is nearly equal to standing in the middle of a motorway during rush hour. would you do that?
and no amount of insurance money can compensate for the loss of a life or a very serious injury


July 11, 2013 4:40 PM

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July 11, 2013 5:26 PM

Totally agree.
Reporters in or at back of garage and where there is room, behind pitwall fences.
I prefer to see the full overhead pit camera shots. So a overhead camera fitted to all pit boxes, and used, is a must.
It also surprises me how often you see adjacent pit crews having to hold air lines back out of the way.
I know there are busy times when more than one pit crew is out, but when their not servicing a vehicle or preparing to, they should also be out of harms way.
You would think they could manage this equipment better.

It's Good To Talk.


July 11, 2013 6:33 PM

otoh. from memory...a couple of years ao, there was a rule that disallowed pit crew to be out standing on the pit lane until the last moment. yes, sometimes you see the teams running out as the car approaches, but some teams appear to deliberately stand around so as to hinder another car exiting their garage, complete with trailing airhoses, wheel guns etc. not sure if the rule still exists, but if it does, it certainly needs more monitoring


July 11, 2013 8:08 PM

Formula One Management restricts all Journalists to buying grandstand seats and remaining in them while wearing flameproof overalls and full face helmets during the entire three days of all F1 events, on safety grounds. Umbrella will remain optional.


July 11, 2013 10:42 PM

Here here if you think about it it is the mishaps that occur in F1 that are the most exciting spectacles at a GP.
For example witnessing exploding tyres and spinning Massas at Silverstone was the highlight of my weekend.
The way things are going the future of F1 looks very boring indeed.
I think banning journalists from the pits is a step too far, they need to be in the mix.

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