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F1 Japanese GP: Alonso sees fresh Halo concerns after Magnussen fire

Fernando Alonso says watching Kevin Magnussen jump out of his Renault after it caught fire at Sepang sparked up new concerns of extraction times with the Halo.
Fernando Alonso says watching Kevin Magnussen jump out of his Renault after it caught fire during free practice at Sepang sparked up new concerns of extraction times with the Halo safety concept device on F1 cars.

Early into FP2 Magnussen was forced to hop out of his Renault after fluid leaked out behind the airbox and caught alight. The Danish driver – who has not run the Halo cockpit protector yet – highlighted concerns of extraction times saying 'five seconds is too long' in the case of an emergency.

Alonso, who tried the Halo for the first time in Singapore, explained the cockpit protector makes it trickier to ease in and out of the driver's seat and feels it was a sensible option to delay the introduction of the safety device to continue research and development.

READ: Magnussen ponders Halo question after fire drama

Currently the Halo device is set to be introduced as part of the safety regulations for all F1 cars in 2018 with another year of refinement throughout next season.

"When I tried the Halo in Singapore one of the things I thought was to get out of the car was a little bit uncomfortable how you have to put your feet and how you have to jump,” Alonso said. “I think Jenson with his long legs maybe it is a little bit easier, but not for me, not for Massa, not for some other drivers.

“For this reason probably they delayed the introduction a little bit to make sure we cover all the possibilities and maybe there is a way of making the Halo removable somehow to make sure we can jump out of the car a little bit quicker.”

For the remainder of 2016 all drivers are being encouraged to trail the Halo safety device during free practice sessions and then provide feedback so refinements can be made to improve the design and its application.

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