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2010-09-13 07:47

PAIN IN THE PITS: The injured Hispania team pit crew member is loaded into an ambulance.

 The Hispania Formula 1 team was fined $20 000 at the 2010 Italian GP on Sunday after Sakon Yamamoto drove off from a pit stop while a crew member was still working on the car.

Video footage showed the man, possibly a radio engineer, leaning over to fix something while the rest of the pit crew stood back.

He then appeared to be clouted by the rear wing and tyre as Yamamoto was released, flung into the air and then left crumpled on the ground.

Other F1 teams were notified on timing screens during the race that an ambulance would be entering the pits lane to take the injured man to the circuit medical centre.

Hispania said ithe crew member remained conscious and had been talking to the doctor, adding that the situation was under control. There was no immediate word from the medical centre.

Yamamoto said: "I was very worried about the incident in the pits lane. I asked if he was OK and was told he was not badly injured."

The governing International Automobile Federation said stewards, including Brazil's former World champion Emerson Fittipaldi, imposed the fine for an unsafe release from a pit stop.

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