<p>Technical bosses from a number of Formula 1 teams are not expecting to gain any noticeable aerodynamic performance through the fairings that will be added to the &lsquo;Halo&#39; cockpit device upon its introduction in 2018.</p><p>The F1 Strategy Group confirmed last month that the Halo would be introduced to the sport next year as part of its bid to improve safety standards.</p><p>The aesthetics of the device have come under fire from a number of corners, but the FIA confirmed over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend that teams would be permitted to make minor alterations to it with a 20 mm region for aerodynamic fairings to be added.</p><p>However, Renault technical director Nick Chester doubts there will be any benefit on the aero side by way of performance even with the fairings being added.</p><p>&ldquo;I think Halo, for starters, it&rsquo;s good to have something there that&rsquo;s going to give the driver more protection and everyone&rsquo;s behind that and wants to put it on the car for that reason,&rdquo; Chester said.</p><p>&ldquo;But in terms of aero, if anything it&rsquo;s a detriment and, if anything, you have to work around it being fitted to the car.</p><p>&ldquo;So, I don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;ll be any huge tricks with it. I think everyone will just want to put it on the car and make it the best they can for the drivers.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;We will make use of the fairings to reduce the aerodynamic detriment of the halo and I think, beyond that, the aesthetics of it,&rdquo; Red Bull&rsquo;s Paul Monaghan said.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, if we can have a fairing which reduces some of the aerodynamic detriment and makes it - to the eye of the beholder, shall we say, slightly more aesthetic, we&rsquo;ll take that solution but I think the aesthetics of it, it&rsquo;s not put on there for that reason, is it? It&rsquo;s put on there as a safety device.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll put the fairings on it, we&rsquo;ll do the work that Nick&rsquo;s talking about, to reduce the detriment and that will be on for 2018.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams&rsquo; Paddy Lowe added: &ldquo;The definition isn&rsquo;t finally issued yet so we don&rsquo;t exactly know what opportunities we&rsquo;ll have but I believe we&rsquo;ll have the space to minimise the aerodynamic detriment.</p><p>&ldquo;[I] hope within that, generally, we [can] try and find a good aesthetic, and these things often go together.&rdquo;</p> <center><div class="video-embed"><iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u6pxBNYtnZ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></center>

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Are the teams allowed to make their halo out of a transparent material??

so transparant its invisible? thats a great idea

The design shape of the Halo is nothing new - just google flip flops!!