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.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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