As driver safety is becoming increasingly paramount on the FIA’s agenda, the much talked about “halo” concept comes under scrutiny from Britain’s Jolyon Palmer.
When asked by crash.net whether it should be averted, Jolyon replied:
“I’d be very happy,” he said.
“I just think it’s pretty ugly, it’s against the tradition in Formula One – I like the open cockpit. I think it’s safe enough as it is otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it if I was worried.
“There are other safety implications as well in terms of getting out the car and the Halo 2 I think is being revised as well so clearly there’s something that’s not ideal about that.
“I think at the moment having an open cockpit and traditional Formula One is where it should be. And the car is much better looking as well.”
During the 2 day in-season testing at Silverstone, Red Bull also ran the halo despite threats from team boss Christian Horner suggesting that he would vote against its introduction.
At the start of the season Mercedes and Ferrari trialled the halo, Red Bull however went their own way with the introduction and testing of the aero screen. The aero screen received a much better response in general, and feedback from the drivers was good. Red Bull pulled the plug on its funding when the FIA favoured the halo though, largely based on the timeframe for a 2017 introduction.
Whichever direction they choose, driver safety will remain a “key point” on the FIA’s future plans.