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FIA Bans Media From F1 Pit Lanes After Incident At German Grand Prix
Published July 11, 2013
POLITICAL MINEFIELD: Also in London, Kevin Eason reported F1 "is steering into another political minefield as it gears up for a controversial three days of testing at Silverstone." Mercedes execs "are thought to be pushing for inclusion in the test next week, despite a ban by Formula One’s authorities." Pirelli Motorsport Dir Paul Hembery "is also under severe pressure from the FIA" to ensure that future tests are clearly above board, while teams "are in a state of paranoia about rivals stealing a march in performance if any are allowed to take part in an individual test." It is an unhealthy mix "leaving Pirelli in the middle of the political stew and unable to find answers from the teams or the FIA." Hembery "is appealing for sweeping changes to test regulations," not just to avoid the debacle of Silverstone, where there were four tire blowouts in a single grand prix, but also to produce tires that "promote good racing" (LONDON TIMES, 7/9). In Barcelona, Raymond Blancafort reported it will be required that all personnel with pit-lane access wear helmets (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 7/10).