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Button to test halo at Monza

McLaren are to test the halo devise for the first time at Monza today, with Jenson Button getting the nod as the driver to experience the safety device.

It comes hot on the heels of a raft of teams testing it at Spa, Force India, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have now tested their versions which they are allowed to do during the first free practice session.

Of the drivers who have tested with the halo attached have said that it doesn’t hinder visibility too much and are broadly for its introduction. High profile accidents involving Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson have highlighted the importance of head protection, but the recent accident of Kevin Magnussen in Spa last week where his headrest was detached from the car on impact shows that any option needs to be designed correctly.

Halo will not be introduced for 2017, with development taking place over the next year to evaluate the merits of the device before it is races.

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