Opposition grows to halo concept

Opposition is growing against the proposed ‘halo’ concept for 2017, despite the perceived increase in safety for the drivers.

Force India has joined Red Bull in opposing the plans for 2017, stating the concept had been rushed. Red Bull have their own design called the aeroscreen which ran earlier this year at the Russian Grand Prix, but has halted development with the halo design being favoured for the first year.

Red Bull became the second team at the Silverstone test yesterday to run the halo device, with Ferrari already running their second generation design after already running it in winter testing in March.

Talking during testing yesterday, Force India Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley said,  I believe that it’s too hasty. We need to do a lot more work to understand that the halo isn’t going to create other problems, which I think it will do,” he said.

“I think we should take our time and get the right solution and then introduce it.”

Opposition to the device could see it pushed back to 2018 with teams already hard at work on designing their 2017 cars.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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