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F1 Hungarian GP: ‘Ugly’ Halo against tradition of F1 - Palmer

Jolyon Palmer reiterates his opposition towards the 'Halo' cockpit protection device, saying he wouldn't race if he felt F1 wasn't safe.
Jolyon Palmer says he would be 'very happy' to see the controversial 'Halo' cockpit protection device scrapped following a lukewarm response by Sebastian Vettel during its latest track outing at Silverstone.

The divisive concept – which has been revised from the original design first seen in March - reappeared during the British Grand Prix with a brief outing in FP1 on Vettel's Ferrari and again in testing on a Red Bull driven by Pierre Gasly.

Tellingly, Vettel – who has been one of the vocal supporters for such a device – admitted there are some shortcomings with the design, with his words likely to be factored into a final decision to be taken soon that will determine whether the FIA will push on with a planned 2017 introduction.

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Having expressed misgivings about the Halo earlier in the year, Renault driver Palmer has reiterated his view that the essence of F1 will be lost if it strays from the open cockpit formula and admits he would be happy to see it dropped.

“I'd be very happy,” he said. “I just think it's pretty ugly, it's against the tradition in Formula One - I like the open cockpit. I think it's safe enough as it is otherwise I wouldn't be doing it if I was worried.

“There are other safety implications as well in terms of getting out the car and the Halo 2 I think is being revised as well so clearly there's something that's not ideal about that. I think at the moment having an open cockpit and traditional Formula One is where it should be. And the car is much better looking as well.”

Palmer has previously commented that a cockpit protection device would be more relevant for a championship like the IndyCar Series following the death of Justin Wilson at the Pocono oval last year.

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July 15, 2016 7:21 PM

Throughout the history of motorsport - and F1 in particular - designers, engineers and rule makers have all struggled (nobly) to find the right balance between tradition and innovation, and between safety and spectacle. Anyone following the sport for the past three decades knows that there have been some remarkable strides taken towards enhancing each of these areas. Conversely, there have also been rules introduced that have left us all scratching our collective heads in disbelief. Palmer, and the other F1 pilots have the last say in this divisive debate, and I tend to agree with the majority of them who feel that the halo is one of those aforementioned 'head scratchers'.

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