The controversial 'halo' cockpit protection device is set to be given the go ahead for the 2017 F1 season after it was determined to be the more viable solution than the 'Aeroscreen' alternative.
The result of a concerted effort by drivers to improve cockpit safety in the wake of fatal accidents for Justin Wilson, Jules Bianchi and Henry Surtees, a prototype for the 'halo' as it is known was unveiled during pre-season testing and given a brief track outing by Ferrari
An alternative option developed by Red Bull was then unveiled during the Russian Grand Prix, raising suggestion that it could become the preferred option, particularly after it was more favourably received for its more seamless integration into the car design.
However, the BBC
is reporting that a poor recent test for the Aeroscreen has convinced the FIA to focus on the more developed 'halo' with the intention to introduce it for the 2017 season. The Aeroscreen, however, may be considered for 2018 once it has undergone more development to solve visibility issues.
As it stands, the 'halo' is still to undergo testing, but though it is set to be heavily modified from its original form as seen in March – particularly the aesthetic -, the basic concept will remain relatively intact.
Beyond this, it will still need to be passed through the official channels, even if it is expected to receive the go ahead from the relevant parties.
The 'halo' device has already proven divisive amongst drivers, with the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg in full support of a device, regardless of its look. By contrast, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg have both signalled vehement opposition to such a device, with the defending champion declaring he would take his off if he had to.