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Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen isn’t a fan of the new “Halo” safety device for 2018, but Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says not to worry.
Whiting says that the device in its raw form is what has been shown in testing and that it will look better on the new cars.
This divisive safety addition has riled up many drivers, including Haas driver Magnussen. The Dane, who is on board with Haas for 2018, has some pretty strong opinions and used the Thursday drivers’ press conference in Hungary to vent his frustrations.
“It takes away some of the passion that F1 is talking about,” said Magnussen. “When you look at the car and it is ugly, F1 cars aren’t meant to be ugly. That is the reason that a Ferrari is more exciting than a Mazda. It is something to do with passion. If it looks shit, it is shit.”
Whiting, ultimately the man responsible for the safety of drivers during the weekend, has undoubtedly seen the criticism from both inside and outside the paddock and moved to reassure fans — and angry Danes — that there is nothing to worry about.
“All the Halos that we’ve seen, bar one, as I recall, have been raw,” said Whiting. “I think we should just wait and see what the teams come up with, because they will all exploit the extra freedom that they’ve got, even if it is just for aero reasons. I’m sure that they will look more pleasing to the eye.
“They have to use the standard Halo, and that will be from a single supplier. We will allow them to use non-structural fairings around the upper part of the Halo, which can be no more than 20 mm from the main structure.
“I think there’s an overall width restriction, and I think there’s a restriction on how far they can encroach onto the cockpit opening, but 20 mm is quite a lot all the way around, and they can do what they like with that. I think the main reason for doing it in the first place was to give them the scope to overcome any aero changes they’ve got, for example airbox and things like that.”