Cameramen confined to pit wall after accident

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Bernie Ecclestone says Formula One Management camera crews will work from the pit wall following the accident during the German Grand Prix.

British cameraman Mark Allen was injured by a flying wheel during the race. An FOM statement yesterday said “the person concerned is expected to make a full recovery”.

Ecclestone announced the change to pit lane procedure to take effect from the next race:

“I’ve been in close contact with everybody who has been dealing with the matter. It’s a terrible thing to say, but it was just one of those things.

“There was a whole bunch of mechanics and the tire could have hit any one of those guys. The cameraman just happened to be looking the wrong way at the wrong time. In future, all our camera crews will only be allowed to film from the pit wall.”

Webber wasn’t aware what had happened following his pit stop until after the race. “I hope he is okay, that’s the main thing,” said the Red Bull driver.

Red Bull were fined €30,000 ($38,630) for the “unsafe release” of Webber’s car. It is the second time this year they have been fined for sending one of their cars from its pit box without properly securing all four wheels.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.