The FIA confirms “Halo” system to be used in the 2018 Formula One season
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 19, 2017 Updated: 11:54 PM
Wednesday, the FIA announced the Halo cockpit protection device will be introduced in the 2018 Formula One season.
The “Halo” system is designed for frontal head protection to reduce the risk of a driver being struck by an on coming object.
The FIA’s latest prototype named “Shield” was also a candidate for next year, but after testing at last weeks British Grand Prix, the FIA chose to move forward with the Halo saying that it ”presents the best overall safety performance".
Last year, after heavy feedback from drivers and fans, the Halo was given additional research as well as introducing and testing the the Shield.
However, after a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group on Wednesday, where the Halo, along with other topics, were discussed, the FIA confirmed they will would move ahead with the Halo system in 2018 as said in the statement below.
"Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for Formula One and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018," an FIA statement read. "With the support of the teams, certain features of its design will be further enhanced.
"Having developed and evaluated a large number of devices over the past five years, it had become clear that the Halo presents the best overall safety performance."
Other topics discussed were the 2021 power units:
“An update was given to all attendees regarding the two recent extraordinary meetings held in Paris involving significant representation from the bulk of global motor sport power unit manufacturers.
Further analysis will be completed over the summer and will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Strategy Group in September.”
The group also discussed cost control:
“A new approach to cost control was presented and received unanimous support. A dedicated Working Group made up of representation from the Commercial Right Holders, the FIA and the teams will be tasked to come up with innovative solutions aimed at ensuring the sport remains sustainable in the coming years.”
Finally, the group addressed what they said were “A number of sporting measures aimed at improving the show. It was announced that specific studies will be carried out to assess these measures.”