A number of teams will be taking to the track on Friday with their versions of the ‘halo’ system, now postponed from the original 2017 launch date.
The new cockpit safety device, known as Halo because of the metal tubes over the cockpit, was first aired by Ferrari at the Barcelona test in March. It was then improved and strengthened by the summer, while Red Bull had also developed their own idea called the ‘aeroscreen’ which was seen by many as a more attractive option.
This weekend will see others take to the track with their version, including Mercedes (Nico Rosberg), Force India and Toro Rosso.
Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz confirmed to Autosport: “It’s the installation lap for the moment and if I like it and it doesn’t upset too much the rear wing, maybe I could proceed to run it a bit longer.
“It’s the ideal track to try it out because it is where the visibility is tested. Through Eau Rouge is where you need to feel if it is a compromise or not.”