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April 30, 2016 4:37 PM

F1 » Opinions divided on Aeroscreen, some prefer Halo

Ok, I prefer neither as it hides the driver's helmet and the open cockpit connection with the viewing audience is an important component of the open wheel, open cockpit appeal to the viewers. Watching Vettel in a sports car is not the same as watching him in a Ferrari, and being able to see him at work is important. I do wonder if the halo concept could be incorporated into the flat bodywork ahead of the steering wheel, with sensors that would detect rollovers and flying obstacles, and then explode upward and lock in place to prevent a helmet strike. Far fetched and futuristic? Maybe, but F1 had the ability to place sensors ahead of the wheels to read the tarmac and make instantaneous changes to the suspension, thus creating active suspension. I suspect the technology is easily adaptable though cost might be an issue.


April 28, 2016 9:59 PM

F1 » Hamilton talks ‘Aeroscreen’, says risk is his choice

Open wheel, open cockpit racing is the DNA of F1. If you close the cockpit and the wheels you might as well race at Lemans. Justin Wilson died in an Indycar on an oval. Numerous crashes each and every year and he is the first to die with a head strike. Very unusual. Massa was hit in the head with a spring. Again, very unusual. These two incidents are the only ones I recall that some canopy, windscreen etc. might have prevented. Bianchi? Nope, he died of massive deceleration forces. It seems to be a great deal of focus on preventing incidents that are extremely infrequent and the solutions will likely create entry and egress issues, or visibility issues etc. I raced shifter karts and took a bird strike in the helmet at 130 km. Messy and painful but I cannot see how karts and lower level formulas would change their machines to emulate the F1 changes that are being bandied about. I agree with Lewis and it is not often I do.

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