Buxton’s blog: Consequences versus causes after Germany

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NBC Sports Network Formula One pit reporter and insider Will Buxton wrote a blog post in the wake of the recent changes issued by the FIA after the German Grand Prix pit incident where an errant tire struck an FIA cameraman. On Tuesday, the FIA instituted a ban on all personnel in the pit lane other than crewmembers, course marshals, and approved media, who will be confined to the pit wall.

The post, “Dealing with consequence, ignoring the cause,” notes that the changes issued by the FIA fail to actually deal with the problem of errant tires and rushed pit stops. Instead, the steps issued appear a reactionary move to the outcome of what happened to cameraman Paul Allen.

Buxton explains the difference between FOM and FIA regulations on the matter. Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Well, the only thing that has really changed from this perspective is that the FOM RF cameramen will now be limited to the pitwall and will not be roaming in the pits themselves. But this decision had already been announced by Bernie Ecclestone in the immediate aftermath of Paul Allen’s injury at the weekend. It was a smart move in the short term, made without fuss and fanfare.

The FIA release is quite the opposite. It screams of wanting to be seen to be doing something, whilst in reality doing very little.

It’s an important piece to view after the pit incident, with the changes issued now likely to make an impact on how news is relayed to viewers from pit reporters from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

IndyCar 2017 driver review: All posts, one place

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In case you missed any of MotorSportsTalk’s extensive 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver-by-driver reviews on NBCSports.com, we’ve combined them all into one post.

See the full rankings below. Of the 38 drivers that raced at least once this year, 23 of them ran anywhere from six races to the full 17-race schedule, and got a full review. Drivers who competed in four or fewer races were packaged into the “remaining part-timers” post.

1. Josef Newgarden
2. Simon Pagenaud
3. Scott Dixon
4. Helio Castroneves
5. Will Power
6. Graham Rahal
7. Alexander Rossi
8. Takuma Sato
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay
10. Tony Kanaan
11. Max Chilton
12. Marco Andretti
13. James Hinchcliffe
14. Ed Jones
15. JR Hildebrand
16. Carlos Munoz
17. Charlie Kimball
18. Conor Daly
19. Mikhail Aleshin
20. Spencer Pigot / 22. Ed Carpenter
21. Sebastien Bourdais / 25. Esteban Gutierrez
23-24, 26-38. All the rest