Cockpit protection and safety is a big talking point in the sport of Formula 1 at the moment.
After numerous deliberations, the Halo and the Shield concepts emerged as the final cockpit protection options. Sebastian Vettel was the first and only F1 driver to test the Shield concept and he remarked that it made him dizzy. The Halo, on the other hand, has undergone extensive testing with all F1 teams having tested it at least once. However, at the time, the majority of teams and drivers were in opposition to the Halo.
Halo (L) and Shield (R)
Now amidst uncertainty regarding either of the cockpit protection systems, the FIA have declared that the Halo cockpit protection system has been approved to be in use for the 2018 Formula 1 season.
At the FIA’s Strategy Group Meeting in Geneva yesterday, it has been confirmed that the Halo shall be part of F1 sporting regulations for 2018 with “certain features of its design to be further enhanced”.
“Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for Formula One and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018”, read the official statement.
“Having developed and evaluated a large number of devices over the past five years, it had become clear that the Halo presents the best overall safety performance.
“With the support of the teams, certain features of its design will be further enhanced.”
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Feature image : Ferrari
– Aditya Bhat.