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TOUGH SHOT: A British TV cameraman heads for hospital after being hit by a flying Red Bull rear wheel. Image: AFP

NURBURGRING, Germany - Red Bull has been fined the Euro equivalent of about R400 000 for sending Mark Webber away from its pit with a loose rear wheel.

It detached from the hub and bounced on to a British TV cameraman working for Bernie Ecclestone's company FOM.

The cameraman is still in a Koblenz hospital with broken bones but, apparently, no internal injuries.

SAFETY GEAR NEEDED

Now Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has said: "The most important thing is he is fundamentally OK but it was a timely reminder that the pits lane was a pretty dangerous place to be, that things can go wrong. Mechanics have to wear safety gear and helmets and maybe it's time other operational people in the pits lane had some safety equipment as well."

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn agreed: "On the basis of what we have seen here, we should be thinking that all people in the pits lane are properly dressed, equipped and should wear a helmet."

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