Force India’s Sergio Perez says the new Halo cockpit protector will become a familiar sight on Formula 1 cars after three or four races in 2018 as the sport prepares for big changes.

The initial introduction the Halo was met by a mixed reception over its looks, how it will help and how it fits into the F1 image but it hasn’t stopped the FIA enforcing the safety device on all F1 cars from 2018.

As a result, drivers and teams have been faced with the challenge of integrating the Halo into its 2018 car designs – with aerodynamics and weight proving to be key issues – with many drivers accepting the cars will never look the same again.

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“The Halo is definitely hurting the aerodynamics a lot on our side but it's the same for everyone,” Perez said. “It's a safety thing. After three, four races we will get used to it. In Formula 1, everything is changing very quickly.

“I expect and I hope that next year will be a really interesting year with all the teams closing up and I hope Halo after two or three races, nobody talks about it anymore.”

While the need for increasing safety in the sport is ever-present will the Halo taint the sport’s image or is it a push which needs to happen regardless of any other consequences for F1?

Let us know your thoughts on the Halo in F1 and whether it was a better pick than further development tests or trialling the ‘Aeroscreen’ or the ‘Shield’.

Crash will be running Forum debates every day during the winter in preparation for the 2018 season debating a range of topics and issues – but you can submit your own ideas here on the Forum.

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The halo is there like it or not.  Brought to you by the same 'experts' that forced the ugly nose modifications in 2014.  The FIA flexes it's muscle and the spectacle suffers.  As the halo is classed as a 'elf'n'safety' device, any one who questions it quite obviously wants to see people maimed or killed.  Those of us that indicate a degree of dissatisfaction will no doubt be labelled as 'halophiles'.

I don't understand how this design won out over the enclosed cockpit - this has to block the drivers view to some degree surely?

It’s crap. End of

As a device to fend off lawyers, it may prove useful.

I suspect it was done to settle the existing lawsuits with Biachi's family.... but honestly it won't really help in future lawsuits as if a driver gets hit in the head like Massa where this thing would have possibly be of no value at all then the lawyer will just say you required a defective safety device any fool could have told you that the safety device should have fully covered the driver's head... Yet because they have put the halo on for safety reason they are also admitting that there is a safety concern that needs to be addressed.  In the end I suspect this might save them from some current litigation but will likely result in a bigger problem the next time a drive does get hurt.  Overall I don't think this would have helped Massa or saved Senna.  In both cases the object that pierced their helmets was small enough that it could have easily passed through the wide opening of the Halo.... In Sennas case it might have kept the suspension rod from going as deep into his head but still this just seems a waste of effort.  In the end you have people driving at speeds up to 200mph... if they crash death is an expected hazard that could happen and never be completely avoide unless they drive the cars by remote control. 

Put a camera looking back into the drivers eyes.

It's getting stupid now.When i think of how many close calls i've had on my motorbike,if i was a cat,i'd have used 10 of my 9 lives already.How safe do these guys need to feel?

Any driver who advocates this monstrosity shouldn't be driving.I wonder if Jules would have wanted it being his legacy?I very much doubt it.Jules' accident was a result of stupidity-imovable great chunks of metal shouldn't be anywhere near an F1 car travelling at racing speed.There have been many great improvements since imola 94,watching old footage i cant with hindsight believe how exposed the neck and shoulders were  but lessons were learned and sensible improvements implicated.

And surely this should be mandatory for all single seater racing as they are all equally exposed? How ironic that the 2 drivers it could have possibly saved(Justin Wilson and Henry Surtees) both raced in other series.Are the drivers lives in junior,rival formulae worth less than our pampered F1 superstars?

It appears so.

F1 might be coersed into using it but I'm not. Another Todt blight on a series in trouble.

What's next? Drivers sat on the pitwall controlling their cars remotely. The whole thing is ridiculous. The drivers who support it should retire. 

 

Still can't see how a driver would get out if there car is upside down (like Alonso a year or so ago at Melbourne).