Your essential F1 briefing #29 Halo
Name Halo Age First described by Homer in the Iliad Appearance A circular glow around the head or body
Halo, good evening and welcome! You’ve been waiting to deploy that, haven’t you? It’s been a while since the word sprang to mind. I seem to recall that the last level was a bit of a swine, but my Xbox is so old that I have to poke an unfolded paper clip into a hole under the disc drawer to get it to open these days. What tangent has your brain taken this time? Do you not refer to the first-person shoot-‘emup video game of the early 2000s, and umpteen sequels that I’m far too old to play? For sure not. And there I was expecting you to pick up the Beyoncé ball and run with it. If the singist to whom you refer wasn’t active before 31 December 1989, I’m not interested. What a curious cove you are. Anyhow, the halo: a cockpit-protection system for F1 cars, proposed by Mercedes, lambasted by almost everyone else for being fugly, but one which is likely to become mandatory at some time or other. Ah yes, that carbon-fibre thingy. That indeed. It gained favour with the FIA over Red Bull’s aeroscreen because it was in a more advanced state of development, but Sebastian Vettel tried it in practice at Silverstone and didn’t like it. Then Red Bull ran one, with Pierre Gasly driving and wearing a pair of spectacles with a camera mounted on the frame so people could see how it obstructs the view from the cockpit. Must have been a Gasly business – geddit? I’m not sure you’re taking this seriously. Did they call him a speccy four-eyes? Hey – I’m talking to Mcfly! Are you involved in the Strategy Group, perchance? It would explain why they never come up with anything remotely sensible. I apologise, but it looks like something you’d use to strap in your kiddies on a fairground ride. A fairground attraction, eh? Perhaps this is the first of a million disses… I do the ’80s music gags around here.
Do say Safety first Don’t say Aesthetics last