Video: When F1 pit stops go wrong, people get hurt
Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi was very lucky he didn’t seriouly injure some of his pit crew in today’s British Grand Prix.
Thanks to the safety improvements over the years, F1 drivers are now largely protected from serious injury. Sadly last week, Marussia test driver Maria De Villota lost an eye after colliding with a truck so the sport is still dangerous, but mercifully much less so.
These days, the most dangerous place to be is probably in a pit crew. While the drivers in F1 are incredibly skilled, occasionally they get the process of stopping for tyres wrong and that is when their crew can get really hurt.
Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi was pitting on lap 37 of today's British Grand Prix when he got his line, and speed all wrong. Some of his pit crew on the right managed to avoid the flying Sauber but others didn’t and initial reports are that a few of his crew are injured, but not seriously.
Kobyashi went on to finish 11th, while the race was won by Aussie Mark Webber.