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Ferrari debuts 'halo' cockpit protection concept

Ferrari becomes the first team to publicly reveal its halo cockpit protection concept on the third day of the second pre-season F1 test.
Ferrari has caused a stir by rolling its car out on the third day of the second pre-season test with a head protection canopy attached.

The first time the much discussed concept has been seen in public, Kimi Raikkonen took the SF16-T out with a dual pronged canopy attached. It features a central strut attached ahead of the cockpit and stretches above and around the head to attach either side of the cockpit.

A surprise unveiling by Ferrari, the public reveal is a sure sign that development of the concept is already at an advanced stage having been on the drawing board for the last few months.

Drivers have shown almost unanimous support for the introduction of cockpit protection following recent high profile accidents, most notably that of ex-F1 driver Justin Wilson, who died in an IndyCar race last August after he was struck by errant debris at the Pocono Speedway.

With the FIA looking into a variety of ideas, the 'halo' concept has emerged as the most likely candidate for introduction, with Ferrari's reveal suggesting it could be well on course for a mooted 2017 debut.

Raikkonen completed two installation laps initially, but is now lapping without it.


by Ollie Barstow


Tagged as: Ferrari , Kimi Raikkonen

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Ferrari SF16-T with halo cockpit protection
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18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal
18.09.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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Sasha Alexandrovich

March 03, 2016 9:07 AM

I doubt that this version will stop a wheel creating a neck injury, it will not stop a Justin Wilson nosecone accident, it will not defer a Massa spring accident and I doubt that it can take on a 5 ton tractor hit at 150kmh. It looks horrible. Just build a full LMP1 style cockpit if you really want to do something.

JedPB67

March 03, 2016 9:34 AM

I think I'm the only person that's really opposed to this. I certainly don't want to see another driver die, but motorsport is dangerous. That's what makes it the thrilling sport we love, but also, that's what makes it fun...especially for competitors. Folks saying put a cockpit on, that's not the answer, what if the car ends up on it's 'roof'? How will the driver get out in an emergency? You've then got to change the design to include doors, before you know it you've essentially got an LMP1 car. In my eyes if you're an open wheeled driver and you're not willing to put your life at risk whilst racing around at 180mph then you need to stop participating in the sport.



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