Kimi Raikkonen has become the first driver to appear publicly with a version of the new ‘halo’ head protection proposed to be heading to Formula One next season.
The structure, which is mounted on the chassis in front of the drivers and splits into two bars connecting to the cockpit side is designed to protect the drivers head in event of an impact such as Jules Bianchi had in Suzuka, or Justin Wilson in Indycar.
Although early days, it is the aim to make the structure a viable solution for the 2017 season, but it is going to come with critics. With the rules currently being worked on for next season, there is a push to make the cars more aesthetically pleasing, but the halo system goes against that trend.
Designed in association with Mercedes, a number of options have already been trialed by the FIA, of which this system is favourite to be accepted.
— Valmar Viisel (@paddocknews) March 3, 2016
That looks even worse than I feared, in several respects. https://t.co/JO3MnL5muI
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) March 3, 2016