Lewis Hamil­ton slams new halo head pro­tec­tion de­vice as new de­sign splits opin­ion in the pad­dock

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For­mula 1’s new halo cock­pit pro­tec­tion de­vice split opin­ion be­tween the sport’s top driv­ers af­ter mak­ing its pub­lic de­but in Barcelona.

Fer­rari brought a pro­to­type de­sign to the fi­nal two days of run­ning at the Cir­cuit de Catalunya for both Kimi Raikko­nen and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel to briefly try. The FIA is in­tent on bring­ing in some form of driver head pro­tec­tion for 2017 on­wards, with the halo de­sign be­ing the cur­rent fron­trun­ner to be im­ple­mented.

Fer­rari’s de­vice was sim­ply a pro­to­type de­sign, so ran with­out the hinged sys­tem a fi­nal fix­ture would have to al­low driv­ers eas­ier ac­cess to and from the cock­pit.

The sys­tem re­ceived the big­gest crit­i­cism from triple world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton, who posted a photo on In­sta­gram of Raikko­nen’s car with the de­vice, along with the mes­sage: “Please no! This is the worst look­ing mod[ifi­ca­tion] in F1 his­tory. I ap­pre­ci­ate the quest for safety but this is F1, and the way it is now is per­fectly fine.” He later added: “I hope we have an op­tion to use it or not be­cause I will not be us­ing it.”

Raikko­nen quashed ini­tial con­cerns over the de­vice lim­it­ing driv­ers’ field of vi­sion af­ter his first run, in­sist­ing there was lit­tle dif­fer­ence.

Vet­tel backed the de­sign: “I agree it doesn’t look very nice, but if it helps safety and save lives – there would be at least two driv­ers who would still be around, Henry Sur­tees and Justin Wil­son, if we had this sys­tem.”

Raikko­nen was first to run with Halo fit­ted

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