Nico Rosberg has expressed his frustration regarding the Halo protection device not being installed on next year’s Formula 1 cars.
The German said that most of the current field of drivers would like to see the system introduced for 2017 as it provides more safety in crashes and loose objects falling off cars.
“Well it’s all ready to go, it just needs to be put on the car. So for sure we all want it to be on the car, as soon as possible,” Rosberg said after practice on Friday.
“I am disappointed, yeah, and we’re going to look into that.
“The large majority of the drivers agree that we need to get it on the car as soon as possible. It just makes sense, it’s just such a huge step in safety, so it’s disappointing to hear that it’s not going to get put on the car for next year but let’s see.”
While the Halo system has been ruled out of next year’s regulations, it still remains to be seen whether the FIA will push for its introduction in 2018, or develop an alternative device in the meantime.
The only problem the sport faces is if an accident occurs next year where the Halo device could have made a difference in future crashes.
GPDA chairman Alex Wurz was also disappointment in the deferral of the Halo.
“I dearly hope that today’s decision is not one that one day we will all come to bitterly regret,” Wurz said.
“I’m a bit surprised to delay by a year, it was presented to the drivers as ready to go, now we are not having it.
“Since 1994 with rigorous safety improvements we have made this sport already very safe, who tells us that we should now stop safety improvement?
“If you make these cars safer it doesn’t mean anyone can drive them, only the best-skilled drivers will be able to and in the future we can maybe bring the races to faster tracks because we know the drivers have a higher probability of surviving.”
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