July 1st is the deadline for a decision on head protection. By then the FIA will have determined what route to go down for 2017, whether it be the halo or something different.
Many drivers like Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo think:
“If such a device can save lives, we need to discuss the introduction later.” Plus Hülkenberg and Hamilton have said:
“Formula 1 must remain open, danger is just part of the business.”
Hamilton continued his negative thoughts on the safety device saying during the winter:
“This is the ugliest fad in Formula 1 history. I guess the pursuit of greater safety, but this is Formula 1, and as the cars are currently, that’s fine. “
Lewis then rather strangely mentioned that if it was a voluntary measure, he would not use it. Obviously if an F1 car was designed to work with such a device, it’s doubtful that same car’s aero would work as intended if removed.
Stefan Wilson, brother of the late Justin, believes Hamilton is simply wrong saying yesterday “head protection must come. Lewis Hamilton is wrong.”
“We must be careful that we do not act shortsighted when it comes to this matter. For someone like me who has been through a lot in the past eight months, makes a head-protecting total sense.
I was a good friend of Henry Surtees, the 2009 we also lost due to severe head injuries. So this is an issue that has been with us long time. We need to be improvements in security over open. When the throat and neck protection HANS was introduced, there were also critical voices. Today no Formula 1 driver would go to the web without his HANS. So I understand that a head protection generates resistance, but people will adapt. It will be normal. If it means that we do not lose another driver, then am I do not understand how one can be against such a device. “
Stefan Wilson always dreamed of running the Indianapolis 500 with his older brother, so the 2016 running of the historic event is going to be a bittersweet milestone in his career. The KVSH Racing team is preparing to announce the 26-year-old Brit as its third driver in the 100th Indy 500 this month.
Wilson will join another rookie, Matthew Brabham, and veteran Sébastien Bourdais at KVSH.