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F1 German Grand Prix: Vettel praises ‘positive’ ‘Halo’ outcome

Sebastian Vettel is pleased a formal decision is taken to introduce the 'Halo' despite its debut being deferred to 2018.
Sebastian Vettel says it remains 'positive' that a formal decision has been taken to introduce the 'Halo' in 2018, despite his hopes that it would be ready for a 2017 debut.

The Ferrari driver has been a vocal supporter of the divisive cockpit protection device and has spoken at length about his desire to see the 'Halo' concept adopted going forward in the interests of safety.

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However, despite the Strategy Group opting against pushing for a 2017 introduction on the grounds that most drivers are yet to trial it and provide feedback, Vettel says he is nonetheless content with the FIA's commitment to 'unanimously' defer to 2018, as well as its move to scrap controversial radio communication restrictions.

“I haven't read exactly what the reasoning was for the outcome, but I think it remains positive that from 2018 onwards it is going to be on the car. The radio stuff makes it a lot easier for us in terms of remembering, so I think that's straight forward.”

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Third quickest in both FP1 and FP2, six tenths behind Mercedes pace setter Nico Rosberg, Vettel insists he is not focusing on the timesheets.

“We are trying to be the fastest and we saw that Mercedes are very quick. In the end I am not looking too much, I'm listening to our car, listening to where we are and trying to do our best and then we go from there. Very simple, we are here to win and that's what we try to do.”

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titfortat

July 30, 2016 8:48 AM

You look at the Halo thing and wonder how many lives it would have saved in modern F1... well none, even that Spring that hit Massa would still have most likely hit him. Halo wouldn't have protected Bianchi, that digger would have probably just crushed it into his head and chopped his head off. Juat like when that Lotus went over the top of Alonso, it probably would have become more of a Hazard for Alonso. Where is the incentive? We've had one death in F1 since after 1994 and tbh that death was solved with the virtual safety car. Although after the Rosberg thing last weekend and him not being penalized, now do we have drivers speeding under Yellows and crashing into Marshall's in the future? I'd worry about that more than Halo, the FIA need to hammer home what Yellows mean, lifting a couple tenths isn't good enough in my eyes. F1 is open cockpit racing, the direction they want it to go in, becoming closed cockpit.... well I might as well watch any other motorsport if that's the futur



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