Ros­berg says Halo haters need to ‘get over it’

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Nico Ros­berg is hope­ful that those com­plain­ing about closed cock­pits in For­mula One will even­tu­ally get over the in­tro­duc­tion of the safety de­vice.

While many have praised the plans to in­tro­duce ei­ther a Halo or Aero­screen next year, a num­ber of high-pro­file fig­ures in F1 have spo­ken out against the move. F1 chief Bernie Ec­cle­stone does not like ei­ther of the pro­posed safety de­vices and even claimed that “noth­ing” should be done in re­gards to cock­pit pro­tec­tion. But Mercedes ace Ros­berg be­lieves the safety is­sue can­not be ig­nored. He said: “We need it, for sure. It is the big­gest dan­ger zone that re­mains in our sport, as we have seen fa­tal­i­ties as well un­for­tu­nately, and so it is an area where we need to keep push­ing safety.

“We are well aware that it is not ideal for the purists, and we [the driv­ers] are purists our­selves so we are well aware of that com­pro­mise.

“Hope­fully the haters will get over it. Of course I re­spect them and I un­der­stand them, but hope­fully they can get over it and it is the right di­rec­tion for F1.”

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