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Volume 6 No. 216
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FIA Lifts Ban On TV Crews In Pit Lanes, Allows Them At Each Free Practice Session

Motorsports governing body FIA has sent a statement to the TV channels covering F1 stating that "they will be allowed to station one reporter and one camera in the pit lanes during each free practice session," according to MARCA. It "signals an end to the outright ban that was instated following the accident" suffered by Formula One Management cameraman Paul Allen, who was struck by a loose wheel from the vehicle of Mark Webber at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring three weeks ago. The blanket ban on anyone other than marshals and team personnel "is believed to have provoked widespread protests from several channels," which pointed to the provision in their contracts giving them the right to be present during practice sessions (MARCA, 7/25).