12 AUGUST 2016
The controversial effort by the FIA to
institute cockpit protection for Formula 1
cars will simmer for at least another year,
after F1’s Strategy Group voted against
the introduction of the halo cockpit
protection device for the 2017 season.
“We felt despite the numerous tests
conducted by the FIA, it hadn’t been
looked at deeply enough, and that it is
going to require more time,” declared F1
chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
Ferrari first tried the halo in pre-season
testing at Barcelona, provoking a lot of
pushback. The Scuderia continued to work
with the FIA to refine the system, producing
a second-generation halo device, but
opinions of it remained sharply split.
Formula 1’s push for cockpit protection gets a timeout – will it help
promote a better solution or just another few rounds of bickering?
The FIA made a presentation about the
halo to drivers during the Hungarian
Grand Prix weekend, claiming there would
be a 17 percent improvement in safety.
Afterward, even Lewis Hamilton – who
had previously been strongly anti-halo –
Succeed-now-or-else pressure at Ferrari
claimed another victim when James Allison
stepped aside as technical director. He
lasted three years – about par for the
course in that position with the Scuderia.
While development remains ongoing on the halo concept,
Red Bull’s “aeroscreen” alternative will also continue to
be investigated, according to Bernie Ecclestone.
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR TOP GUN APPROACH?
HALOS AND PITCHFORKS
“If we have an incident...and we
knew we had a solution for it...we’d
really be kicking ourselves.”
intimated that he not only favored the
halo, but suggested the delay was risky.
“If we are unfortunate enough to have an
incident in the next year and a half, and we
knew we had a solution for it that would’ve