Jean Todt’s insistence on using the Halo head protection device for 2018 is clear evidence that the rational decision making capabilities of the FIA have now reached new lows.
As TJ13 reported yesterday, the strong opposition from the teams and fans alike had zero impact on the FIA’s bulldozing the law through so why not make a simple list of reasons why it is such a stupid idea. Feel free to chime in on the comments your thoughts.
- The Halo would not have saved the life of Jules Bianchi, the primary driver for the FIA’s decision. The worry of liability by not implementing something fast should another accident happen has fast tracked a compromised concept.
- Nine out of ten teams do not want halo, only Ferrari voted for it. Rumoured to be a sympathetic vote aimed at acknowledging Bianchi and Massa’s accidents, more likely a politic move.
- Halo raises more questions than it answers. Yes, it can protect against large objects like a wheel. But detached wheels have become rarity, tethers are set to have increased reinforcement for 2018. The Halo, on the other hand might well lead to completely new accidents types not encountered before. What if a part of another car hooks up in the halo? What if pieces of debris deflects from the halo on the pilot’s chest? How well can a driver crawl out of the crashed car?
- Eau Rouge. The former Formula 1 driver Taki Inoue has shown on Twitter a picture from a computer simulation. If you want to dive into the notorious Eau-Rouge-curve of Belgium with such a view, TJ13 can only wish you good luck.
- The majority reason for the new dimensional changes to the cars for this season was for aesthetics. Apart from the T-Wings and perhaps the fins (some fans actually like fins), the cars do look better. All that will change with a ‘flip-flop’ bolted onto the cockpit.
- In most polls, no matter what country, the results are the same: at least 75 to 80 percent of the fans reject the halo solution.
- All single-seaters will be equipped with this head protection over the years, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
- How will fans adhere to the desired view F1 marketing wants them to believe? How can the drivers be seen as ‘heroes’ when a) you cannot see the driver working at all and b) they’re protected in a cage from imaginary danger?
Here’s a poll to measure if TJ13 jury members would actually be in favour of the Halo idea but it’s probably a waste of time.