F1 halo: Why is it called ‘halo’? Why has it been introduced? Why do drivers not like it? – Express

F1 halo as modelled on the Force India carGETTY
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The reason the new safety system is called halo is its shape – its semicircular formation around the cockpit looks a little like an angel’s halo.
The FIA are keen to improve driver safety in F1 in the wake of the death of Justin Wilson in IndyCar, a similar open cockpit series, who was hit by flying debris during a race in August 2015.
F1’s governing body have explored a number of differing options and recently tested the latest version of halo while also giving a mini-windshield option a test drive.
Some drivers complained that it was disrupting their field of view while fans do not like not being able to see the drivers themselves so well.
But Lewis Hamilton believes the move away from exposing drivers’ heads to the open air is inevitable.
“It’s been talked about for some time so we knew it was coming,” Hamilton said.
“It’s a difficult one as when they introduced it, talked about it, they mentioned a 17 per cent improvement in safety and it’s difficult to really ignore that.F1 halo on the Red BullGETTY
“It definitely doesn’t look good, we know that, we’ve said that.
“Also the weight of the cars goes up, the cars are already way too heavy, we have these little brakes trying to stop this heavy car, I just hope they do a better job and bring the weight down so when they put this thing on it doesn’t get heavier and harder to stop.
“Also I think, we’ve all tested it, they should, for a couple of FP1s, [put it] on every single car and see how it goes, I don’t think it’s going to change their [the FIA’s] opinion.
“I think we’re moving towards a closed cockpit, I think that would look better, there’s some real great concepts online of a closed cockpit.”
The introduction has also allowed teams an extra point on which to sell sponsorship, as car-mounted cameras show the top of the halo in every shot. McLaren have even done a deal with Gandys, who have a flip-flop product which looks startlingly like the halo.
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