Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 15 stories this month. After 20, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 20 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Andrew Van de Burgt
Editor in Chief

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

FIA's World Motor Sport Council confirms F1 pitlane clampdown

Formula 1's pitlane speed limit has been officially reduced from the Hungarian Grand Prix, after the FIA's World Motor Sport Council voted in favour of a change in the regulations.

As a response to an FOM cameraman being hit by a loose wheel from Mark Webber's car at the Nurburgring, the FIA announced that it wanted to fast-track changes to the pit rules that had originally been planned for 2014.

Following approval from the WMSC, with immediate effect the pitlane speed limit will be cut from 100km/h in the race to 80 km/h for entire grand prix weekends.

As well as being designed to help improve safety, because mechanics in the pits will now be used to dealing with cars at the same speed in both practice and the races, the change will have strategic implications.

For the 341 metre pitlane at the Hungaroring, the time taken to drive down it will increase from 12.3 seconds as it was at 100km/h to now be 16.4 seconds.

This increased time could push teams towards making fewer stops because of the increased penalty that now comes from more tyre changes.

The WMSC has also approved the introduction of a rule that stipulates all team members who work on a car during pit stops must now wear helmets.

Article 23.11 of the revised F1 Sporting Regulations states: "All team personnel carrying out any work on a car during a race pitstop must be wearing head protection."

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
  RELATED STORIES
F1 pitstop rules tighten for Singapore
FIA begins probe on pitstop technology
Drivers say F1 must keep fast pitstops
FIA adjusts non-TV media pit rules
F1 to discuss minimum pitstop time
The secrets of a two-second F1 pitstop
Red Bull changes pitstop procedure
TV crews banned from F1 pitlane
FIA announces F1 pitlane clampdown
FIA urged to tighten pitlane protocols
Injured cameraman to stay in hospital
Red Bull fined over wheel incident
Cameraman in hospital after pit impact
Haymarket