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2013-07-10 09:07

VICTIM OF A RUNAWAY TYRE: Cameraman Paul Allen (right) is treated by F1 medics after being struck by a bouncing wheel flung from Mark Webber's Red Bull at the German GP.Image: AFP

Following a pits-lane incident at the 2013 German Grand Prix, the FIA has decided to take steps to increase F1 safety.

The FIA said it will "institute an immediate ban on anyone other than event marshals and team personnel being present in pit lane during races and grand prix qualifying sessions."

"Access for approved media will be confined to the pit wall."

Other Formula 1 rule changes are:

1 Article 23.11*, which will now require all team personnel working on a car during a pit stop to wear head protection.

2 Article 30.12**, which will provide for a reduction of the pit lane speed limit during races from 100km/h to 80km/h (with the exception of Melbourne, Monaco and Singapore, where due to track configuration the limit remains at 60km/h).

*23.11 Team personnel are only allowed in the pit lane immediately before they are required to work on a car and must withdraw as soon as the work is complete. All team personnel carrying out any work on a car during a race pit stop must be wearing head protection.

**30.12 A speed limit of 80km/h will be imposed in the pits-lane during the event. This limit may be amended by the stewards following a recommendation from the FIA F1 safety delegate.

Any team whose driver exceeds the limit during any practice session will be fined R1200 for each km/h above the limit, up to a maximum of R12 800. In accordance with Article 18.1, stewards may inflict an additional penalty if they suspect a driver was speeding in order to gain any sort of advantage.

During the race the stewards may impose either of the penalties under Article 16.3a) or b) on any driver who exceeds the limit.

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