Former F1 driver and current Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle is one of the most respected voices in the Paddock, and he’s never one to shy away from expressing his opinion.
A new season brings with it new regulations and this year’s biggest debate surrounds the introduction of the Halo cockpit protection, which he describes as “horrible”.
Brundle has previously voiced his dislike of the safety device for fear it over-sanitises the sport.
Speaking to FOX SPORTS Australia, the Briton didn’t hold back declaring he’s “not a big fan of it” and reiterated his concern that the sport is becoming “more and more risk free”.
“The last time I saw something that ugly being applied to a Formula 1 car was when they were putting me into one back in the day,” he joked.
“It’s horrible. It’s everything I don’t like about the health and safety aspect of today. If you don’t want to take risks, don’t be a racing driver.
“You need to be a Gladiator. You need to be fearless. Fans need to be able to see you, to appreciate you. You’ve got to be doing something they wouldn’t do, or they couldn’t do, and they’re going to give up their hard earned cash and time to watch you do it.”
The FIA introduced the mandatory head protection concept to limit the risk of serious head injuries. The controversial decision has the Formula 1 community split with many believing it affects the DNA of the sport.
Fans can decide for themselves tomorrow when the cars take to the track at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne for the first practice session of 2018 at the Australian Grand Prix.
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