IndyCar driver Justin Wilson's death justifies F1 'halo', says Sebastian Vettel

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

"You have to get used to the Halo, but at least it didn't impact on the vision", said Vettel ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Britain's Jolyon Palmer blasted its impending introduction as the "end of Formula One as we know it", while Kevin Magnussen, the Danish driver who raced alongside Jenson Button at McLaren, said "if it looks s***, it is s***".

By the time Formula One teams have integrated the Halo cockpit protection system into their 2018 chassis designs, the FIA is expecting the device to look more pleasing to the eye. "Overall it's supposed to help us, so I think that's what we need to remember".

"When you look at the vehicle and its ugly, F1 cars aren't meant to be ugly", the Haas driver said trenchantly.

"We had a detailed and long debriefing with Sebastian on Friday night in Silverstone", he said.

"I definitely don't argue against it, but also Formula 1 needs to continue to step forward".

"Offer that to Justin Wilson some time ago, and he would take it and we would all be happy to take it to help save his life", continued the German, a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.

"Now we can't turn back the clock, but I think knowing that something is there that helps us in some scenarios it would be ignorant and stupid to ignore it".

"I think it's a decision that helps us in the auto in case something goes very wrong". We already know that, but when you think about the things that have happened with drivers getting hit on the head, it is insane that we are still vulnerable. Formula 1 cars have changed so much, even from my first year in 2001, the cars are very different.

"There is that element of aesthetics, the looks", said Nico Hulkenberg.

Max Verstappen was blunt in his objection, saying: "I don't like it". "I think if extra protection on our heads could save one life, that's worth putting it".

Fernando Alonso said he thought he would have been safer when he barrel-rolled his McLaren out of the 2016 Australian GP and ended up upside down in a gravel bed after a 180 miles per hour accident, but several of their younger counterparts were more outspoken against it. "When there are parts flying around it won't protect".

"I think since we introduced the virtual safety auto, that reduced a lot of risk when you're speeding under the yellow flags in the race and also with the wheel tethers, they are quite strong at the moment so I don't think you will lose a wheel very easily". Also, the wheel tethers are quite strong at the moment so I don't think you will lose a wheel very easily. "If we can avoid one serious accident because of that, I think it's the price to pay for sure".

"They have to use the standard Halo which will be made by a single supplier and we will allow them to use non-structural fairings around the upper part which can be no more than 20mm from the main structure and I think there is an overall width restriction and a restriction on how far they can encroach on the cockpit opening". And in general, I don't agree that safety is always number one, I think there is a limit where it gets too safe to be exciting. "I think if you put it very clear then it should also be very clear for everyone and then it wouldn't be a doubt in your mind whether to introduce it or not".

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