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F1 German Grand Prix: Button puts faith in teams over ‘Halo’ decision

Having expressed his support for the introduction of the 'Halo', Jenson Button says he is confident its safety argument will prevail.
Jenson Button is confident the FIA and F1 teams will conclude the 'Halo' cockpit protection device should be introduced on the grounds of safety as the controversial concept goes up for vote at the Strategy Group meeting today.

Ahead of the German Grand Prix, team bosses will meet at Hockenheim to discuss and vote on whether the FIA should pursue development of the divisive concept for a potential 2017 introduction. Though the FIA can still force the device through on the grounds of safety in the event of a 'no' vote, it will be the first definitive indication of the consensus amongst teams.

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As it stands, the Halo still divides opinion amongst many drivers, but while one reportedly queried why they don't have say in the decision-making process during a presentation in Hungary, McLaren's Button says he has faith the safety argument will prevail without their input.

“I think the decision has to be taken on safety grounds and it is not for us to decide whether we have it or not. It should be decided by the sport as a whole. If the FIA thinks it is a safety issue to not have it, we should have it on the car, and if they don't think it is an issue us not having it, we shouldn't have it.

“It shouldn't even be a question for teams, I think, it is a safety issue, so they [the FIA] decide. That is the way I think it should be.”

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Button is joined by the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel in expressing support for the device, though Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer, Pierre Gasly – who tested it on the Red Bull at the Silverstone test – and Christian Horner have signalled their dislike.
by Ollie Barstow



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theoldgitspeaks

July 28, 2016 9:32 AM

Shame he won't be around to race it!, seriously though the way F1 is going it will be like bumper cars in the future. F1 has sunk lower every season with daft rules and ridiculous regulations none of which improve the spectacle. I wonder just how far it will have to go before somebody says enough is enough. I don't know about everybody else on here but i want to see out and out racing with no stupid encumbrances. I want to go back to the days when you had a choice of slick, intermediate and full wet,you had as many as you needed and you used as and when you thought fit, I don't want processions where half the field are coasting round because their tyres are worn out or because they are low on fuel and I certainly don't want cars looking like bumper cars with all round fenders and covered cockpits for so called safety, I also don't want to see drivers killed or maimed but there is a risk and always has been and will be, you either take it as it is or you don't drive, end of conversation



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