F1 Strategy Group rejects the halo for 2017
The big news from Germany is that Formula One will not adopt the halo head protection device next season after the Strategy Group agreed that the design needed more testing.
The decision is at odds with the vast majority of drivers, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel saying that “90-95 per cent” of them were in favour of it and that nothing “justifies death”.
However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner argued that a handful of installation laps had not given teams enough time assess the titanium frame, and that more trials were needed to make sure that reduced visibility didn’t add a new element of danger to the sport.
Instead, the FIA will work towards introducing cockpit protection in 2018, with Red Bull’s aeroscreen also under consideration once more now that there is more time for developments to be made.