In both Formula 1 and IndyCar the halo did its job this weekend – GPblog

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The introduction of the halo a few years ago was met with enormous criticism. The aversion to the ‘flipflop’ even turned to disgust for some. And not only with the fans also a significant part of the drivers didn’t like to drive around with these things.


The introduction of the halo a few years ago was met with enormous criticism. The aversion to the ‘flipflop’ even turned to disgust for some. And not only with the fans also a significant part of the drivers didn’t like to drive around with these things.
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Meanwhile, a few years have passed and we have seen some incidents where the halo was of vital importance. Mainly last year with the crash of Romain Grosjean of course. There is no doubt that without the halo he had a considerably smaller chance of survival.
And this weekend there were two more crashes where the halo played a role. Although the term life-saving is used very often, because it is not that drivers died by the dozen before the introduction of the halo, but it is nice to see that the drivers have less to worry about with these incidents.
First, both Valtteri Bottas and George Russell got away with their crash at Imola. That Russell’s left front wheel almost slammed into the Finn’s cockpit is something most will have seen, but the halo on the Williams also headed off a large chunk of Bottas’ car.
Halo bir kez daha hayat kurtarmış. Bottas’ın aracından kopan büyük bir parça Russell’a doğru gelirken halo sayesinde yön değiştiriyor #F1 #ImolaGP pic.twitter.com/f9CfDwnBWN
A few hours later, IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was perhaps even luckier. He t-boned Josef Newgarden and the aeroscreen (which contains a halo construction) nicely ricocheted off the broken wheel.
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Well that was a race weekend to forget. We struggled w/drivetrain (straight line speed) issues through practice & qualifying. Then our race ended before it really started, taken out in 1st lap pile-up. Extremely grateful for the @IndyCar Aeroscreen. Likely saved my life pic.twitter.com/KnDe4XwAZH
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