F1 cameraman injured after being hit by tire from Mark Webber’s car
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A camera operator on pit road suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs after he was knocked over by a tire that had come loose from Mark Webber's car on the pit lane during Sunday's Formula 1 race in Germany.
Webber's Red Bull team had issues fastening the right-rear tire to the car and the jackman at the back of the car dropped the jack before the tire was secure. That's the universal sign for a driver to leave the pits, so Webber took off, not knowing the tire wasn't attached to his car.
As soon as he pulled out, the tire spun off the wheel hub and started bouncing down the pit lane, narrowly missing the Lotus F1 pit crew team before hitting Paul Allen, the cameraman, who didn't see the tire coming towards him.
After the race, Red Bull was fined €30,000 ($44,700) for an unsafe release of Webber's car by the FIA, the governing body of F1. His teammate, Sebastian Vettel, won the race.
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