Controversial “Halo” Won’t make any more Free Practices Appearances

The controversial front-guard known as the “Halo” will not be seeing anymore use in free practice sessions in 2017, confirms Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting.

Formula One tweaks and changes have always been a fascinating occurrence. We now have cars that can actively store kinetic energy recaptured from the car’s brake pads only to release it later on for a boost of speed and no one bats and eye, but when a suggestion for a front cockpit guard is introduced, everyone loses their mind.

during F1 testing at Silverstone Circuit on July 12, 2016 in Northampton, England.
during F1 testing at Silverstone Circuit on July 12, 2016 in Northampton, England.

The controversial “Halo” front-guard, which aims to offer the drivers more protection in line with improved safety standards has been a conscientious to say the least. It is (somewhat) good news to know that the Halo will not be seeing any more usage in the remainder of free practice sessions of the 2017 Formula One season. Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting has confirmed the decision:

“No there won’t be any more use in free practice. The purpose of doing it last year was to allow every team and every driver to assess it, which we did all bar one driver I think. So there are no plans to run it anymore this year.”

– Charlie Whiting

While that may seem as cause for celebration to some, Whiting did go on to state that the “Halo” is still on track for implementation in 2018 as part of the move to make F1 safer for the drivers. It seems that the controversy has still not settled:

“It is still on-track. It was agreed by the Strategy Group and the Formula 1 Commission that there would be additional frontal protection for 2018. So far, the Halo is the only candidate solution that fits the bill.

We’re working on other solutions for review. If after the 30th of April, which is the cut-off point for regulation changes, we’ll just have to see. If something better comes up after that, then we’ll have to look at how we approach it.” – Charlie Whiting

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While Whiting and Co. are certainly aware of the dissent they’ve received from drivers regarding the “Halo”, only time will tell whether they’ve heeded the criticism. If not, the Safety Commission could be in store for some nasty reprisals from the drivers.