Since the introduction of the new V6 turbo power units and the negative response from the sport’s CEO – who called the product ‘crap’, F1 appears to have been brimming with new ideas.
Standish starts following a safety car were proposed by Charlie Whiting, then failed to materialise. In fact the opposite has occurred as F1 race control moves towards rolling starts becoming the norm behind the safety car when the circuit is wet.
The FIA rammed through a new qualifying format this year, against the advice of all the teams and were then forced to abandon it as it proved to be farcical.
It seems that the current radio ban will also have to be amended in some way, now that the FIA are being accused of behaving in a negligent fashion.
Now the new cockpit safety device – the halo – which Whiting and the FIA would like to introduce for 2017 is coming under increased fire.
At a meeting on the Wednesday prior to the British GP, the FIA made a presentation to the teams to persuade them of the value of the halo. The response was at best apathetic.
Christian Horner said, “I’m not a big fan, because it has its limits.” The Red Bull team boss believes the halo is an ‘inelegant solution’ and more time should be invested in cockpit head protection research and development.
Ferrari have chosen to speak through their driver, Sebastian Vettel, who claims he is unhappy with the lines of sight.
Bernie Ecclestone is also known not to be a fan and at the British GP Claire Williams also expressed doubts about the halo being introduced for 2017.
So given the numbers on the F1 strategy group, Ecclestone 6 votes, plus Horner, Williams and Mercedes who are also known to be anti-halo – the FIA will fail to get this measure approved. Unless of course they ram it through on a safety mandate.