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FIA unlikely to delay ‘halo’ if ‘better’ device emerges

The FIA's Charlie Whiting said it will forge ahead with the 'halo' cockpit protection device even if a different 'better' concept emerges.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting says it is unlikely the motorsport governing body will put its plans to introduce the 'halo' cockpit protection device on hold even if another 'better' concept emerged.

The FIA has been forging ahead with rigorous testing of the 'halo' concept, which was given a surprise public airing earlier this month when Ferrari briefly fitted an early prototype to its car during pre-season testing.

Though the device has proven divisive amongst drivers, with the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg in favour and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg staunchly against it, the FIA says its research and development is now well developed, hinting it could well debut as early as 2017.

It comes as Red Bull Racing revealed renderings of its interpretation for cockpit protection during the Australian Grand Prix, which features a frontal screen in front of the driver.

Though it is a design preferred by some, Whiting feels the 'halo' offers the 'best all-round protection', though he adds the FIA would be reluctant to delay development even if it 'felt there was another better concept coming'.

“I don't think we would delay if another one was emerging,” he said. “We are on a course for the Halo as that has been tested thoroughly and we feel that it offers the best all-round protection. We do have, as I said earlier, a thorough risk assessment to on a number of different accident scenarios.

“We want to make sure we are not going to make things worse in certain circumstances, so that has to be done. But I don't think we would delay it because we felt there was another better one coming.”




by Ollie Barstow



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StrangeRanger

March 22, 2016 11:10 AM

Once again the FIA just doesn't get it. Rather than mandating the halo, they should simply mandate a protective device and let the teams come up with their own designs. If they mandate the halo, it becomes a stagnant design and nothing will ever be improved. If there are 11 different designs out there, there will be innovation and competition to find the best one(s). Isn't that what F1 is supposed to be about?

EdOz

March 22, 2016 11:47 AM

There has to be one of the most blatant admission of how closed minded FIA are... It's like someone saying "We need to eat, we will eat the first thing we find even if we know there's something a lot better a couple of steps ahead".



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