With the FIA ramping up testing on the halo head protection device so that more drivers are able to offer feedback, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen feels halo will not be seen in Formula 1.
The Strategy Group decided against its introduction for the 2017 season as there was not sufficient testing carried out for it to be used in race conditions.
While there won’t be a head protection device next year, the FIA has said that there will be some form of head protection next year and halo still remains the leading contender.
Despite having not run the device yet, Magnussen feels that since the halo was delayed there is a chance the FIA will develop a better system.
“If I could choose, I’m not going to run it. I don’t think it will come in,” said Magnussen.
“I just think now they have delayed it, they will come up with something better. The halo isn’t going to go on. If it was, then it would come on next year.
“They have obviously seen they can come up with something better and they need more time to do it.”
Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, and Max Verstappen trialled the halo device yesterday for the first time, and while most of their feedback was positive, there’s still some concerns about the system.
“Visibility wise it was quite good,” Perez said. “That surprised me, but I’m not totally satisfied with getting out of the car.
“My concern is how slow you get out. It takes a good five seconds more than without the halo, so it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable that I need more time to get out of the car.
“There is more work to be done in that area to try and get us drivers out of the car as quick as possible.
“If you are in a critical situation, five seconds can be a lot.”
Verstappen also had similar concerns regarding the halo device, adding: “We still need to look into how to make it easier to get into and out of the car.
“There is still some development to go in, but it’s good try it. Now we need to see what we can develop more as it’s still quite difficult to get out of the car, but they will find a solution.”
Button had a more positive response to the system in the McLaren, saying that visibility is fine apart from possible impairment at the start of the race seeing the starting lights and also the pitstop lights.
“It’s a little bit strange, especially when you’re doing 200mph and you’re trying to focus on the corner and you’re focused on the thing that’s dead in front of your eyes so you go a little bit cross-eyed,” the 2009 world champion said.
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