I do think closing the pit lane might've made sense, but I assume the reason it was not done was that (in theory) no car other than a Ferrari would need to be entering that particular bit of space.
Regardless of whether or not a minimum pit stop time is in the spirit of F1, it wouldn't work to prevent accidents. Times when a wheel gets stuck, such as presumably that one, you'd have to have what would otherwise be a ludicriously high minimum time -- four or five seconds wouldn't cut it. Decreasing the number of mechanics on the car would also perhaps limit the risk of injury, and would clearly limit the number of individuals exposed to it, but it would by no means eliminate it. Then two, there's the risk of injury as a car comes in, and certainly a minimum stop time (unless, again, very high) would do nothing about that. Refueling would hardly increase the general safety of the pit stop, although it might reduce the likelyhood of that particular incident happening again due to the longer times. It would reintroduce others hazards.
Figuring out what went wrong with the light system really seems the best solution. Pit stop accidents are rare, so unless it becomes clear that the whole light system that Ferrari is using is inherently flawed, waiting to see if that can be easily sorted out before taking further precautions certainly would be better than implementing new measures that haven't been thoroughly thought through.
Jezza13 wrote:Paint a safety line on the garage side of the pit bay away from the car all the way along the pit lane.
Simple new rule:
All pit crew and any tools must be behind the garage side of the safety line before the car can be released from the pit bay.
Not only does it keep the speed factor of the tyre change but also adds the variable of how quick the pit crew can get behind the line.
While it would increase pit stop times slightly, and thus would probably not be popular, I could see that working. One would still need some manner of sensor, button, or a human with a lollipop to signal the car when to go, of course, and that could still potentially fail (although it does seem likely that most people would notice if not everyone was behind a line).