After the decision was made to postpone the introduction of the Halo system, drivers have voiced their disappointment and feel their opinions aren’t being listened to.
Nico Rosberg was quite vocal on the issue as was his countryman Sebastian Vettel, as both drivers were left confused as to why the FIA delayed the introduction with Vettel saying: “We had a vote amongst the drivers and 95 percent voted for it. We don’t like the way it looks but nothing justifies death.”
Speaking after the drivers meeting on Friday, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz talked about what was discussed in the meeting and expressed concern that while many of the drivers had strong views on the topics raised, the Spaniard feels that their voices will go unnoticed.
“I don’t know how much they will listen to us or take into their consideration our point of view, or how much of a difference it will make, hopefully it helps and at least it takes the driver’s view into consideration,” said Sainz.
“I think there’s approximately – if I had to put a bet now – I would say 80% are in favour, maybe 10% I don’t know and 5% are totally against. But what is clear I think is that every driver should try it or should run it before 2017.
“Every driver should give an opinion and then basically a vote between drivers after running the Halo. I think this is the most common sense thing to do, even though at the end they probably don’t take into consideration our vote, which is probably what’s going to happen.”
When asked why he feels the FIA won’t listen to the drivers’ opinions, Sainz replied: “It’s a good question. My opinion is everyone took the decision to have a protection device in 2018.
“It doesn’t mean it’s going to be a Halo, it means the FIA and all the teams are going to work to provide us with a safety component for 2018, but it probably means in 2017 we’ll have nothing on the car so it opens the question of what happens if something happens in 2017?
“Then you look back and say maybe we should have had the Halo for one year just as a prevention thing before bringing on the nice-looking, super safe aspect for 2018 that they have promised us is going to happen.
“It’s a question mark that we all have but hopefully it will not be like that and hopefully nothing will happen.”
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