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Halo still on track for 2018 F1 introduction

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Halo still on track for 2018 F1 introduction
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Mar 24, 2017, 4:24 AM

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting says that the Halo cockpit protection system is still “on track” for 2018 – but a final decision will be taken at the end of April, when next year’s technical regulations will be finalised.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H with the Halo cockpit cover
Renault F1 Team, Halo
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 with the Halo cockpit cover
Felipe Nasr, Sauber C35 with the Halo cockpit cover
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 with the Halo cockpit cover

As well as confirming that the 2018 introduction is still in the works, Whiting also refused to rule out an alternative system being introduced at a later date, if it proves to be better.

“It is still on track,” he said of the Halo.

“It was agreed by the Strategy Group and the F1 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, and after April 30th, which is the cut-off, if something better comes up, then we’ll have to look at how we approach it.”

However, the Halo won’t be not be trialled on race weekends this year.

“There won’t be any more use of it in free practice,” Whiting added.

“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 any more this year.”

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