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Barcelona F1 Test [2]: Hulkenberg on F1 halo: Don’t do it!

Nico Hulkenberg slams the idea of introducing a canopy protection to F1 cars, saying it 'looks horrible' and 'sterilises' the sport.
Nico Hulkenberg has aired his opposition to the proposal to introduce canopy protection to F1 cars, saying it 'sends out the wrong message for F1'.

Ferrari caused a stir by sending Kimi Raikkonen out on a two lap run with its interpretation canopy protection attached to the SF16-T. It comes as the FIA continues studies to determine whether to introduce protection for the cockpit, with many drivers seemingly in favour.

However, Le Mans 24 Hours winner Hulkenberg has revealed he is adamant against its introduction, saying 'it looks horrible' and is runs the risk of 'sterilising' the sport.

“Don't do it,” he said. “I think it sends the wrong message. F1 is very focused on safety at the moment and for me it looks horrible. I don't like it but it is a personal thing and I wouldn't like to see it.

Asked whether he retains the same view even if such a device saved a life, he says such a situation is hypothetical and that F1 is still remarkably safe without it.

“It is hypothetical of course,” he continued. “You can't sterilise the sport there needs to be an element of danger I think that is sexy and attractive. It is what Formula 1 needs. Back in the day it was a lot more but in the last 20 years we've done a hell of a lot for safety and if you see the accidents we've been having and you just walk away with not even a scratch which is impressive. Obviously there is a balance but I feel pretty safe so for me I wouldn't want it.”

Despite his views, others drivers have been more positive, with Max Verstappen saying if it furthers F1's pursuit for safety he is for it.

“It is for safety and you want to be safe in the car,” he said. “We have to wait and see what the FIA comes out with in the end.”

by Ollie Barstow

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March 04, 2016 7:33 AM

Motorsport has and will always be dangerous. 20 - 30 years ago, in a big crash, injuries were to be expected. Only the best of the best, and fewer of the super rich were involved, and huge risks were run of the day. Teams had budgets, mostly from cigaretes, but money was there. Big engines, big tyres, testing alot, very little wind tunnel or simulator.... Nowadays, F1 must be green. Nobody knows why, except for the french guy. The carbon footprint from the teams is astronomical. Makes green f1 a farce. F1 banned cig advertising. That helped every team. Untalented mega rich drivers are now necassary for teams survival. These drivers are the reason for alot of the crashes, as they are not "f1 supertalents". Today testing is banned. So, the teams have designed and built test rigs for there cars, where the driver sits in a simulator, and the car is on a test rig actually being driven - via computor. All of which is much much more expensive than testing! As for safety, they are so safe as

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