Motorsport governing body FIA has confirmed that the controversial Halo cockpit head protection system ‘Halo” will be introduced and and go-off in the next year’s Formula 1 championship.
FIA had said in Halo’s support that, Halo surely provides the best performance of safety than any other head protection system and they can say it with confidence because Halo had a evaluation of a large number of devices in the past few years and it served very well.
This decision was taken within a few days, not more than a week just after a transparent cockpit shield of a car become proved to be unusable in the British GP earlier this week. That was in the car of the current Formula 1 topper Sebastian Vettel’s car. He said after the race that it had made him dizzy during the race.
The shield which has been replaced recently by the Halo cockpit and head protection was approved by the F1 bosses as they supported that transparent cockpit shield last year. And it was approved after Halo got a mixed reaction from the experts and they did not wanted to use Halo in the cars as head protection. But, finally after the Sebastian Vettel incident the F1 bosses had to approve it.
Till date ‘Halo’ cockpit shield had been found to be the only protection device which passed the deflecting test of a wheel firing at a 150 mph with success and it is the only device till date to give a totally unobstructed view to the driver.
However, some drivers of Formula 1 has given mixed reactions for the Halo protection system and expressed their concerns over it as it has a has shape similar to a wishbone and it sits on the top of the cockpit before the driver’s face as it meets at a point in front of the face of the driver. So, the drivers expressed concerns over this system on a aesthetic and philosophical point of view. But, they did not oppose it that they would not use it. As a collective form the drivers have said that they are in favor of the ‘Halo’ protection system.
Chairman of the Grad Prix Driver’s Association named Alexander Wurz had said that, they as in the drivers who races in the Formla 1 GPs respect the stand of FIA on the ground of safety and their quest which is going on to make racing safer.
He further added that over the past few decades the world has seen the drivers gaining more speed as well as making more speed based records at the track and also every laps becoming faster than the previous years. And it is a sign that the technology behind the speed has been developed immensely and we have to make the safety concern steady as with more speed there is more risk.
And another truth is with more speed and more time the Formula 1 racing sport has become more popular in the world.
Whatever, FIA have given a statement in which they said that, the ‘Halo’ protection system will be developed and enhanced further in the future if the drivers and teams provide support to it.