Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting disagree the new idea of minimum pit-stop time for pit-lane safety, Whiting also states that rule wouldn’t modify the situation.
The Formula 1 worrying about the pit-lane safety following the last German Grand Prix incident, FOM cameraman in pit lane was struck by a loose wheel, there was an unsafe tyre release with serious consequences.
“It’s been discussed but it’s not something that’s likely to happen, definitely not,” Whiting said told NBC.
“I think that would be a bad move and I don’t think it would achieve anything. I think obviously the incident with Mark Webber’s wheel in the Nurburgring started quite a lot of discussion.
“It’s all driven by the quest for speed, but I don’t think if you had a mandatory minimum pit stop time it would change anything. They would still change the wheels quickly and you’d have the rather odd sight of a car just sitting there for the rest of the time.”
He also explained that the system isn’t the cause of the safety concerns, but instead attributes it to the speed it takes to change a wheel on Formula One cars.
“I think what we’ve got to address is the fundamental problem and that is why did that wheel not get fixed on properly? That’s really what we want to do. And why was the car released in an unsafe condition? So what we’ve done since then is to introduce mandatory two stage wheel retention devices on the wheel nuts.”